Thursday, July 3, 2008

Detroit Zoo, Detroit

Detroit Zoo

On 22-06-2008 we visited Detroit Zoo which is the first zoo in the United States to have open, natural exhibits. It is situated in 125 acres of land with over 2,100 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish of 286 different species. For children, a visit to this zoo will be an educative, enjoyable and thrilling experience.

The attractions include

Tauber Family Railroad (seasonal): Miniature Railroad which carries passengers between the Main Station near the park entrance and the Africa Station at the farthest corner of the park – open seasonally – May through September and weekends only in October. So, want to enjoy the good old ‘chuk chuk bandi’ experience again – go for it – ticket will be 2$ per person one way. If you have less time check for line first – yes, you can go by walk instead of waiting in line.

the train

Wild life Interpretive Gallery

The Majestic Tigers

Guanaco -- The Humpless Camel

Ant Eater

bald eagle

mixing with people


National Amphibian Conservation Centre

the poisionous frog

locate me

· Australian Outback Adventure

please don't disturb -- we are taking rest


· Arctic Ring of Life

Polar Bear


Playful Seals


see my swimming
Great Apes of Harambee

· Ford Education Centre

· Wild Adventure Ride – (this of course we did not get to see due to lack of time, but I am giving information I collected for your planning) located inside the Ford Education Center, is an awesome, educational, action-packed thrill ride. See the world through the eyes of wild animals from the comfort of a specially equipped, motion-based, big screen theater seat. The Ride holds up to 30 passengers at a time and can expedite small or large groups efficiently. Operating hours may vary (additional fee and height requirements apply)

· In addition you can rent the zoo for corporate or private events and group picnics, call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3305.

· Planning your child’s birthday party? -- Call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3141 -- The Zoo offers complete party planning for everything from Zoo admission to treat bags for the kids. Clowns, puppet shows and face painting are a few options available.

Information you require

Open 362 days a year (closed on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day)


10 am -- 5 pm daily, April – October

10 am -- 8 pm Wednesdays, July – August

10 am – 4 pm daily, November – March

(Admission gates and buildings close at Zoo closing times).

Enquire for packages

Adult (ages 13-61) -- $11

Senior (ages 62+) -- $9

Child (ages 2-12) -- $7

Tauber Family Railroad (each one-way ride): $2

Wild Adventure Ride Rates -- $ 42 per person

Enquire for packages before taking a ticket so that you can save some bucks.

Parking fee -- $5 per car/van.

For your GPS -- The Zoo is located at the Northwest corner of the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Ten Mile Road (I-696) in Royal Oak.

From the east and west, take I-696 to Exit 16 for Woodward Avenue, Main Street and the Detroit Zoo.

From I-75, take Exit 61 to I-696 West and follow I-696 to Exit 16.

The Zoo can be entered from either Ten Mile Road or Woodward Avenue.