Today at the Zoo
Things to Know
- In observance of the Month of the Military Child, we’re offering a special BOGO offer to all veterans – active, honorably discharged and retired. Veterans who present either a military ID or Form DD-214 with the purchase of one general admission ticket will be given a second general admission ticket of equal or lesser value at no cost. This promotion is valid April 17-30.
- The wolverine habitat will be under construction beginning Monday, April 17; during this time, the animal will not be viewable to the public.
- The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be closed April 25-27.
- Science On a Sphere in the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery will be closed April 25-27 as the Detroit Zoo co-hosts the 2017 international Science on a Sphere Users Collaborative Workshop.
- The Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat is undergoing a renovation and expansion; the otters will not be viewable during construction.
- The Rainforest Immersion Gallery in the National Amphibian Conservation Center is closed for renovations. It is being converted into a new habitat for the Japanese giant salamanders.The animals – including the agouti, sting ray and turtles – have been moved to areas behind the scenes and will not be viewable to the public. Homer the sloth has been moved to a new home near the rhinos and snow monkeys. While construction is under way, the area beyond the gallery will be inaccessible (including the building’s exit), and visitors will be asked to exit through the entrance.
- The prairie dog habitat is currently closed and under construction.
- The Penguinarium is permanently closed. Visit the macaronis, rockhoppers, kings and gentoos in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center – now open!
- As part of our award-winning Greenprint initiative, the Detroit Zoo no longer sells bottled water, a decision that is keeping 60,000 plastic bottles out of the waste stream annually. Visitors may bring their own water bottles or purchase inexpensive reusable bottles at Zoo concessions, which can be refilled for free at one of 20 filtered-water stations throughout the grounds. Additionally, the Zoo no longer provides plastic bags for gift shop purchases; visitors are encouraged to bring their own bags or purchase wildlife-themed reusable bags at Zoofari Market, Arctic Outpost, Drake Passage Gifts or any of the souvenir stands.