Today at the Zoo
Things to Know
- Celebrate Penguin Awarenss Day with us on January 20. Learn all about these charismatic creatures through zookeeper talks and hands-on activities, and meet the Zoo’s penguin mascot!
- 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 may be inaccessible (including the building’s exit), and visitors will be asked to exit through the entrance.
- 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 21 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.