Community Opportunities

Special Events
Community special events such as Earth Day and Wild Winter provide a forum for sharing and teaching humane messages.

The Society hosts Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, a major pet adoption event (held twice a year) at which hundreds of dogs, cats and other domestic animals find new homes.

Conferences and Meetings
The Detroit Zoological Society was honored to be selected by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association to host its 2001 Central Workshop Conference in recognition of the Society’s position at the forefront of humane animal care.   The conference theme “Animal Welfare 911” brought together a wide variety of organizations and individuals concerned with animal welfare and animal rights issues, providing a professional forum for critical conversations.

Members of the DZS Education Department regularly give humane education presentations throughout the community.  Recent presentations were given at the Michigan Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education Annual Conference, the Michigan Recreation and Park Association Annual Conference, the Great Lakes Bioneers Conference, the Henry Ford Community College Earth Day Event, Green Street Fair in Plymouth and the Royal Oak Public Library Think Green Series.

Future assemblies are in development, inviting animal welfare experts to participate in providing professional development and public lectures.

Humane Collaborations
We are working towards establishing relationships with other humane organizations locally, nationally and internationally to verify program agenda and content and to discuss partnership opportunities.  For example, we’re currently collaborating with the Michigan Humane Society and the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services to discuss humane education programming and opportunities.  We’ve also have a year-round gardening project, the Humane Education Horticulture Program, with a group of teens at Children’s Village.  The students learn about native plants, organic gardening, creating wildlife-friendly habitats and how to incorporate eco-friendly items into the landscape.  Additionally, we work to instill reverence and respect for the wildlife that’s encountered in and around the garden through photography and citizen science projects.

The Society works diligently to decrease the number of animals being kept in inhumane conditions.  Through the Society’s ongoing efforts, stricter regulations are now in place governing exotic pet ownership in Michigan and elsewhere.