When: Friday, June 12, 2015, 7 to 11:30 p.m.
Where: Detroit Zoo
What: A spectacular, creatively wild, 21-and-older annual fundraising gala celebrating the Zoo's Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

Join the Detroit Zoological Society and co-chairs Ashley Crain and Kelle Ilitch for our spectacular annual fundraising gala Sunset at the Zoo "Summer Chill", celebrating the Polk Penguin Conservation Center.  This sensational 21-and-older evening features an exquisite strolling supper and desserts served by more than 40 of metro Detroit's finest restaurants, plus delectable specialty drinks and hosted bars.  Enjoy incredible live entertainment, dancing under the stars and a chance to win "zoonique" prizes.

Sunset at the Zoo is not just a great party – it raises critical funds to support the Detroit Zoological Society and our mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.

Sunset at the Zoo tickets are no longer available online, but can still be purchased the night of the event at Gate 10.

2014 Sunset "Howling at the Moon" Highlights

Guests will enjoy:

• An exquisite strolling supper and dessert reception offering tastes of signature dishes from more than 40 of metro Detroit’s best restaurants
• A champagne welcome and hosted bars featuring zoo-themed martinis and specialty drinks
• Incredible live entertainment and dancing under the stars
• Sunset Keys, a Silent Auction and a magnificent Live Auction featuring excellent merchandise and “zoonique” experiences
• Exclusive access to many of the Detroit Zoo’s award-winning habitats at twilight
• Mixing with 2,000 free-roaming “party animals” at twilight

Sunset at the Zoo is a rain-or-shine event. Sunset tickets are non-refundable.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older. The Zoo reserves the right to request ID at the door.

Get involved!

Become a Sunset at the Zoo Sponsor
Play an important role in helping secure the future of the Zoo by becoming an individual or corporate sponsor. There are several levels to choose from, all of which provide valuable exposure and benefits. Download the Sponsorship Proposal. Contact Roger Hurst at (248) 336-5721 or [email protected] to discuss the various packages.

Donate to the Sunset at the Zoo Auctions
The Sunset Auction Committee is looking for fabulous treasures to enhance the Live and Silent Auctions and prizes for the Sunset Keys. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Auctions or Sunset Keys, please download a Donation form or contact Julie Geisinger at (248) 336-5719 or [email protected].


The Zoo will close at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 12, in preparation for Sunset at the Zoo.