October 20 - 26 , 2014
 

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!


Giraffe Update

Giraffes Jabari, Kivuli and their newborn calf may be seen outdoors intermittently today as the weather permits.


Fennec foxes are on exhibit in the meerkat building. The meerkats are off exhibit.

The former Rissman Playscape turf is under renovation; the play area is temporarily closed.


 

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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).

 Attractions

The following paid rides and attractions are open:
• Wild Adventure Zone
   • 4-D Theater -- Now showing "The Curse Of Skull Rock"
   • Simulator Ride
• Carousel (Open at 11 a.m., weather permitting)

• Tauber Family Railroad (Open on weekends, weather permitting)

• Giraffe Encounter (Weekends only, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., weather permitting)

The following free exhibit is open daily:

• Science On a Sphere

 Concessions and Retail

The following food service and retail locations are open daily:
• Arctic Café -- Open daily at 10 a.m. 
• Zoofari Market -- Open daily

The following food service locations are open daily, weather permitting:
• American Coney Island -- Open Wednesday through Sunday at 11 a.m.
• Carousel Ice Cream -- Open daily at noon 
• Starbucks in the Arctic Cafe -- Open daily
• Sweet Treats -- Open weekends only
• Boardwalk Fries -- Open Friday to Sunday at 10:30 a.m.

The following food service and retail locations are open Wednesday through Sunday, weather permitting:
• Detroit Popcorn -- Open at 11 a.m.
• Arctic Outpost -- Open Wednesday through Sunday

The following food service and retail locations are open Saturday and Sunday, weather permitting:
• Safari Grill -- Open weekends only
• Dippin' Dots -- Closed, but Dippin' Dots can be purchased at Carousel Ice Cream
• Trading Post Gifts -- Closed for the season

The following food service location is closed until further notice:
• Carousel Grille -- Closed for the season

 


Animal Enrichment Schedule

Monday, October 20, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for zebras
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for rhinos

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for poison dart frogs at the National Amphibian Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for axolotl at the National Amphibian Conservation Center

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for black iguanas at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for yellow-spotted side neck turtles and giant South American turtles at the Holden Reptile Conservation Center

Thursday, October 23, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk at the center bear den
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk at the seal overlook in the Arctic Ring of Life

Friday, October 24, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for tigers
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for anteaters

Saturday, October 25, 2014
10:30 a.m. – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at great apes (treat-filled pumpkins)
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for birds at the Free-Flight Aviary
11 a.m. – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at snow monkeys (Halloween ice treats)
11:30 a.m. – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at polar bears (pumpkins)
Noon – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at grizzly bears (pumpkins)
12:30 p.m. – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at wolverines (piñata, pumpkins)
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for greater rheas at South American animals
1 p.m. – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at anteaters (Halloween treats)
1:30 p.m. – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at vultures (treat-filled pumpkins)
2 p.m. – Smashing Pumpkins enrichment at river otters (Halloween ice treats)

Sunday, October 26, 2014
11 a.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for gorillas at the Great Apes of Harambee
1 p.m. - Enrichment and keeper talk for lemurs

Back by popular demand ... there will be a second Smashing Pumpkins on Saturday, October 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Come watch as our animals receive pumpkins filled with tasty treats to eat, play with, roll around in, tear apart and smash.
Enrichment Schedule:

• 10:30 a.m. – great apes (treat-filled pumpkins)
• 11 a.m. – snow monkeys (Halloween ice treats)
• 11:30 a.m. – polar bears (pumpkins)
• Noon – grizzly bears (pumpkins)
• 12:30 p.m. – wolverines (piñata, pumpkins)
• 1 p.m. – anteaters (Halloween treats)
• 1:30 p.m. – vultures (treat-filled pumpkins)
• 2 p.m. – river otters (Halloween ice treats)

 


 

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