Here’s what’s coming to the Detroit Zoo

By: Briana Dixon | August 15, 2022

Photo courtesy of the Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo is not only your source for some good old Vitamin Z, but also the perfect place for a fun outing. The zoo covers 125 acres of land filled with an array of habitats to observe the full spectrum of our planet’s wildlife. Best of all, there are special events for all ages and fundraisers coming up very soon…

Yoga at the Zoo began in July and will take place every Monday morning from 8-9 a.m. and Tuesday evening from 6-7 p.m. for the month of August. The sessions are designed for all levels, and ages 13 and up. Each participant receives a free zoo admission ticket for completing the flow. Find more information and tickets online. There’s also the Dinosauria attraction, which made a comeback this summer, starting May 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will end on September 5. Attendees have the chance to experience 29 life-size animatronic dinosaurs, hands-on fossil dig sites, a predator vs. prey demonstration, and more. Tickets to this exhibit are sold separate from zoo admission, except for members, and are available on the Detroit Zoo website. The Sayaka Ganz: Reclaimed Creations art exhibition opened on May 28 and closes on September 5 as well. This features artwork that depict moving animals, made from plastic objects, and admission is included with the purchase of zoo tickets.

Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo entails a 5k race and fun walk, happening on September 11 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Included in the registration fee is a commemorative Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo T-shirt, a collectible finisher medal, and entry to the Zoo immediately following the race. There will also be a Post Race Party, where participants can enjoy food, beverages, entertainment, and children’s activities. A few days after on September 14 is Senior Day, where seniors over 61 years old and one adult guest can receive free admission to the zoo. There will be live entertainment, tram tours, bingo, and more. Then, on September 17, the Zoo will host an Autism Hero Walk to raise money and awareness for Michigan residents impacted by autism. This event will feature admission to the Detroit Zoo for the entire day, free Autism Hero Walk backpacks, meet & greet with superheroes, arts and crafts, games, and more. Tickets start at $10 and can be purchased online. 

Taking place on October 2, the Lung Force Walk aims to raise funds for lung cancer and disease research and awareness. There is no registration fee, but participants are encouraged to fundraise a minimum of $100 and can sign up online. Next up is Spooky Spirits, scheduled for October 14. This after-hours event is for ages 21 and up, and will consist of Halloween-themed drinks and spirits, live entertainment, a chance to showcase a costume of choice, and more. Tickets will be available soon. Then, there’s the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, on October 29, with all funds raised going to the Alzheimer’s Association to continue supporting people affected by the disease. 

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The Detroit Zoo Turkey Trot 5k Race is set for an estimated date of November 25 (more details coming soon!). Lastly, there’s Polar Beers on December 8, also for ages 21 and up. In addition to the Wild Lights holiday display, attendees can enjoy a variety of beers, seltzers, and ciders, along with live entertainment and activities. Stay tuned for the ticket posting in the near future!

There are plenty of opportunities to have a great time and make a difference in the world while doing so. Don’t miss out!