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About The Detroit Zoo

The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for more than 2,000 animals, from ALL across the globe. So you don't have to venture to the plains of Africa, or the jungles of South America to see your favorites face to face.

You just have to be in Detroit!

A visit to the African Rainforest is home to several species of must-see African natives, including the residents of the Great Apes of Harambee – chimpanzees, gorillas and a drill – and birds such as cranes, flamingos, spoonbills and vultures.

The African Grasslands is where kids can learn about the diverse species of the vast African Savannah, including Warthogs, giraffes, Grevy’s zebras, white rhinoceroses, lions, African birds and aardvarks.

The American Grasslands show that you don't have to travel far to see some beautiful creatures, including the famous Grizzly bear, bison, beaver, wolf, wolverine and of course that iconic Bald Eagle .

Kids can travel to the Asian jungle and spend time with Japanese macaques and those adorable sloths, or they can visit the ends of the earth at one of North America's largest polar bear habitats - the Arctic Ring of Life. 

Don't miss a chance to head back Down Under either, with wallabies and kangaroos. Here, kids can get face-to-face with the marsupials from right inside this immersive habitat, traveling along a winding path while the animals are free to bound and graze wherever they please.

Butterflies, reptiles, aviaries, and the largest and most extraordinary center for penguins in the entire world, The Detroit Zoo knows how to give you a WILD time in Michigan - so let's get started!

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Adults $14.00-22.00

Children $10-$15 (Ages 2-14)

Free Under 2 years

Last Update 2023

Discount $11.00-$18.00 for seniors and active military with ID

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The Detroit Zoo FAQ’s

Doing our bit

Their cafe is eco-friendly, they no longer sell bottles of water and they encourage guests to bring their own bags for the gift shops!

I’m Hungry! Can I get food at The Detroit Zoo?

The Arctic Cafe is open daily and features salads, sandwiches, chicken, pizza, and more. There is a Starbucks, and American Coney Island with gyros, chilli cheese fries, Greek salads and more! On weekends the Safari Grill is open with burgers!

Any top tips when visiting?

When you arrive, check what attractions are on so you can build your day around them, such as Keeper Talks!

Does The Detroit Zoo have a gift shop?

From markets, to gift shops and outposts, there are PLENTY of places for you to pick up toys, apparel, gifts, souvenirs, and animal related items!

Teachers corner

They offer camps, field trip opportunities, educational programs and so much more. Their educational programs complement Michigan Grade Level and High School Content Expectations while addressing Next Generation Science Standards, and are offered year-round.

Does The Detroit Zoo have healthy eating or Vegan options?

Pure Greens features a 100% vegan menu! There are also healthy options in the cafe

Any additonal information?

Special attractions aren't included in the admission, with 4D Theatre and Simulator $5, Railroad $3 and Carousel $2