Today at the Zoo
Things to Know
- The Australian Outback Adventure and Arctic Café are temporarily closed due to the weather. American Coney Island will be open with a limited menu.
- The Association of Zoos and Aquariums already named the Polk Penguin Conservation Center the best zoo exhibit – now you can too! Click here, vote and share this link every day through April 30 (you can do so from multiple browsers and devices too!): http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-zoo-exhibit-2018/polk-penguin-conservation-center-detroit-zoo/
- At this time of year, certain animals may be outdoors and viewable to guests intermittently as weather dictates, e.g., anteaters, bush dogs, warthogs, chimpanzees, etc. These animals may not be visible on cold mornings but could possibly be seen outdoors later in the day as temperatures rise.
- Portions of the Arctic Ring of Life are temporarily inaccessible due to improvements being made to the facility. Guests may view the tundra side of the polar bear’s habitat while work is underway. The seals are not viewable.
- Pardon our dust as we expand the grizzly bear habitat. The “boys” – Mike, Thor and Boo – can be seen in the rear bear den during construction.
- Construction is underway on the 4,434-square-foot Buddy’s Pizza near Rackham Fountain. Learn more about this exciting new eatery.
- Please excuse the inconvenience as you navigate the pathway around the red panda and tiger habitats – both are undergoing renovations and expansions as we create an engaging new space for the animals and exciting experiences for guests. Learn more about the Holtzman Wildlife Foundation Red Panda Forest and the Devereaux Tiger Forest.
- 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, stingray 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.
- 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.