"The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is an important part of our complex of facilities and programs. It was time to make some significant and necessary improvements to continue to provide a great learning environment for the community," said Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director and CEO Ron Kagan.
Renovations to the Belle Isle Nature Zoo include:
• New exterior siding, landscaping and a repaved and restriped parking lot.
• Lobby improvements, including high windows that let in more natural light, guest service amenities and a kids' "tree-trunk" reading nook.
• New turtle habitat with recirculating and filtered pond water.
• Energy-efficient LED lighting throughout the facility.
• A new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, with the ability to monitor the system remotely.
• Completely remodeled restrooms.
• New security infrastructure.
• Eco-friendly carpeting made with one-third recycled materials.
• Fresh paint throughout the building using zero-volatile organic compounds paint.
• New ceiling tiles with 30-percent recycled content.
The renovation project was co-developed and managed by the Detroit Building Authority and Detroit Zoological Society.
The Belle Isle Nature Zoo sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle in Detroit, Mich. The facility features indoor animal habitats, a bee exhibit, bird observation window, outdoor native butterfly garden, outdoor classrooms and the Blue Heron Lagoon nature trail. A Deer Encounter allows guests to feed the fallow deer while learning about their history.