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Celebrate the animals who call the Detroit Zoo home!

Have you ever wondered why a tiger has its stripes or pondered why snakes have forked tongues? Maybe you’ve been itching to know how wide a gorilla’s arm span is or what a polar bear eats in a day?

Satisfy your curiosity when you join us for an upcoming Animal Day Celebration! Throughout 2023, the Detroit Zoo will be highlighting a featured animal or topic every month for an in-person celebration. Free with admission, you can learn about your favorite animals directly from our animal care specialists, partake in hands-on activities and leave with an exclusive animal day passport card. Attend each event to collect them all!

What can you expect during our 2023 Animal Day Celebrations?

  • Habitat chats
  • “Ed-zoo-cation” stations
  • Wildlife Adventure Stories
  • And much more!

JULY 29 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
International Tiger Day

Say “hi” Nikolai and Ameliya! Join us to meet the Detroit Zoo’s resident Amur tigers and learn all about these majestic mammals.

AUG. 10 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
World Lion Day

The Detroit Zoo is home to four African lions. Join us to meet the pride and learn about the diets, behaviors and habitats of this special species.

SEPT. 24 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
World Gorilla Day

Did you know gorillas share 98 percent of their DNA with humans? Learn all about the similarities we share with these special animals and much more!

OCT. 15 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
National Wolf Awareness Day

Meet the wolves who call the Detroit Zoo home! Say “hello” to Kaska and Renner, learn about their lives at the Zoo and discover how wolves survive in the wild.

NOV. 4 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
National Bison Day

Join us to learn more about North American’s largest land mammal! You’ll meet the resident bison, Teetonka and Takoda, and explore how bison live — both at the Zoo and in the wild.

NOV. 4 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
Human-Animal Relationship Awareness Day

Discover the importance of the connection humans share with animals! Not only will you take part in fun activities, but you will also learn how compassionate attitudes contribute to animal well-being.

DEC. 9 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
International Day of Veterinary Medicine

Meet the amazing team that keeps the animals who call the Detroit Zoo home healthy! Discover how the animals at the Zoo are cared for and everything that goes into ensuring each species is kept healthy and comfortable.


DEC. 27 | 11 A.M. – 3 P.M.
National Visit the Zoo Day

There’s no better day to visit the Zoo! Visit us to learn how the Zoo is the gift that keeps on giving and see animals who are more active in the winter months.

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