Tributes and Memorials

The Detroit Zoo is a cherished part of our lives, our children’s lives and our grandchildren’s lives. Visits to the Zoo are often some of our fondest memories. Now you have the opportunity to make those memories a part of our Zoo.

The Detroit Zoo Tribute Program offers a variety of options for the perfect gift to commemorate someone or something special in your life.

To make a tribute or memorial gift or to get more information, please contact the Development Department at (248) 336-5729 or email us.


Rackham Fountain

Honor and Memorial Gifts

Make a donation in honor or in remembrance of that special person or moment in your life or the life of a loved one.

Honor and Memorial Gifts

Make a donation in honor or in remembrance of that special person or moment in your life or the life of a loved one.


 

Brick Pavers

Nature Paver

Participate in our Pathway Program and purchase a nature paver. Pavers are currently being placed at the front of the Zoo adjacent to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, behind the Leaping Gazelle statue.

$1,000 for 12×12” paver
$900 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 7 lines and 21 characters per line including spaces
Order 12×12 Paver

$500 for 8×8” paver
$450 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 5 lines and 15 spaces per line including spaces
Order 8 x 8 Paver

$200 for 4×8” paver
$180 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 3 lines and 15 spaces per line including spaces
Order 4 x 8 Paver

Order confirmation will be mailed after purchase. Placement confirmation with locator map will be mailed upon completion of paver installation.

Nature pavers are installed twice a year. The deadline for spring placement is March 15 and August 15 for fall placement.

Placement is determined by Detroit Zoological Society staff and paver cannot be moved once placed. Installation dates are contingent upon weather.

If you have previously purchased a paver that is faded or unable to read, a new one can be ordered for $35.  Please call (248) 336-5729 for more information. 

 

Nature Paver

Participate in our Pathway Program and purchase a nature paver. Pavers are currently being placed at the front of the Zoo adjacent to the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, behind the Leaping Gazelle statue.

$1,000 for 12×12” paver
$900 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 7 lines and 21 characters per line including spaces
Order 12×12 Paver

$500 for 8×8” paver
$450 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 5 lines and 15 spaces per line including spaces
Order 8 x 8 Paver

$200 for 4×8” paver
$180 for Zoo and Renaissance Circle members
Inscription area has a max of 3 lines and 15 spaces per line including spaces
Order 4 x 8 Paver

Order confirmation will be mailed after purchase. Placement confirmation with locator map will be mailed upon completion of paver installation.

Nature pavers are installed twice a year. The deadline for spring placement is March 15 and August 15 for fall placement.

Placement is determined by Detroit Zoological Society staff and paver cannot be moved once placed. Installation dates are contingent upon weather.

If you have previously purchased a paver that is faded or unable to read, a new one can be ordered for $35.  Please call (248) 336-5729 for more information. 

 


 

Memorial Trees

Tree

$5,000

Your gift includes the planting, care and maintenance of a tree and recognition plaque.  The type of tree and its location will be mutually agreed upon between Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) staff and the donor.  Trees will be maintained by DZS staff and will be replaced when necessary.

Tree

$5,000

Your gift includes the planting, care and maintenance of a tree and recognition plaque.  The type of tree and its location will be mutually agreed upon between Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) staff and the donor.  Trees will be maintained by DZS staff and will be replaced when necessary.


 

Memorial Benches

Bench

$2,500

The purchase of a Zoo bench includes a recognition plate that can be up to 3 lines and 17-20 characters of text (including spaces) per line.

Bench

$2,500

The purchase of a Zoo bench includes a recognition plate that can be up to 3 lines and 17-20 characters of text (including spaces) per line.


 

Memorial Theatre Seats

Theater Seat

$750 / $500

Theater seats are located in the 4-D Theater in the Ford Education Center.  Choose the location of your seat (based on availability).  A brass recognition plaque will be placed on your theater seat.

Theater Seat

$750 / $500

Theater seats are located in the 4-D Theater in the Ford Education Center.  Choose the location of your seat (based on availability).  A brass recognition plaque will be placed on your theater seat.