May 25 - 31, 2015

Occasionally, a habitat, attraction or building may be temporarily unavailable to our guests due to construction, maintenance, animal health needs, special events or unforeseen circumstances. This page allows you to learn about which habitats, attractions and concessions are closed and how long they will be out of service. It also keeps you up to date on some exciting projects in progress. We apologize if any of your favorites are unavailable during your planned visit and hope that you will still join us for your dose of Vitamin Z!

At this time of year, certain animals may be viewable to guests intermittently as weather dictates, e.g., giraffes, anteaters, bush dogs, great apes, lemurs, lion-tailed macaques, binturong, tree kangaroos, aardvarks, and warthogs. These animals may not be visible on cold mornings but could possibly be seen outdoors later in the day as temperatures rise. This also includes grey-crowned cranes, storks, African spoonbills and the ostrich.

The former meerkat building, now home to two rescued fennec foxes, is temporarily closed for renovations.

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Detroit Zoo Hours

The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).


Carousel – Open at 10 a.m.
4-D Theater – Open at 10 a.m.
Simulator Ride – Open at 10 a.m.
Tauber Family Railroad – Open at 9 a.m.
Giraffe Encounter - Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Concessions and Retail

The following areas are open daily:
Arctic Café/Starbucks – Open at 9 a.m.
Zoofari Market – Open at 9 a.m.

Hours for the following areas will vary the month of May:
All Dippin' Dot locations
Carousel Grille
Carousel Ice Cream
Detroit Popcorn
Sweet Treats
Trading Post Gifts
American Coney Island
Boardwalk Fries
Safari Grill
Arctic Outpost

Membership Services

Rackham Fountain Entrance – Open weekends only in May; open daily after Memorial Day
Membership sales booth – Open weekends only in May; open daily after Memorial Day

Zookeeper Talks

Monday, May 25
11 a.m. - Camels
1 p.m. - Bison
Tuesday, May 26
11 a.m. - Iberian newt at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Aquatic caecilian at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
Wednesday, May 27
11 a.m. - Black iguanas at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Yellow-spotted side neck turtles and giant South American turtles at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
Thursday, May 28
11 a.m. - Pack Ice Overlook in the Arctic Ring of Life
1 p.m. - Arctic fox in the Arctic Ring of Life
Friday, May 29
11 a.m. - Anteaters
1 p.m. - Prairie dogs
Saturday, May 30
11 a.m. - Chickens at the Barn
1 p.m. - Rheas in the Australian Outback Adventure
Sunday, May 31
11 a.m. - Gorillas at the Great Apes of Harambee
1 p.m. - Japanese macaque (snow monkey)

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