Today at the Zoo
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Things to Know
- Join us as we celebrate World Gorilla Day on Sunday, September 24 with silverback gorillas Pende, Kongo and Chip at the Great Apes of Harambee! Zookeeper talks are scheduled for 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the viewing areas outside the public building. Visitors will have the chance to compare their arm span to that of a gorilla’s 9-and-a-half-foot reach, watch a video that explores our partnership with the Gorilla Rehabilitation and Conservation Education Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and donate old cell phones for recycling. While coltan is an essential component of our smart phones and many other electronic devices, unfortunately, the mining of this ore is having devastating effects on the wild habitats of endangered gorillas.
- The Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat will be temporarily closed beginning September 25 as improvements are made to the habitat. The animals will not be viewable during this time.
- The Rainforest Immersion Gallery in the National Amphibian Conservation Center is closed for renovations. It is being converted into a new habitat for the Japanese giant salamanders.The animals – including the agouti, sting ray and turtles – have been moved to areas behind the scenes and will not be viewable to the public. Homer the sloth has been moved to a new home near the rhinos and snow monkeys. While construction is under way, the area beyond the gallery may be inaccessible (including the building’s exit), and visitors will be asked to exit through the entrance.
- The Penguinarium is permanently closed. Visit the macaronis, rockhoppers, kings and gentoos in the Polk Penguin Conservation Center – now open!
- As part of our award-winning Greenprint initiative, the Detroit Zoo no longer sells bottled water, a decision that is keeping 60,000 plastic bottles out of the waste stream annually. Visitors may bring their own water bottles or purchase inexpensive reusable bottles at Zoo concessions, which can be refilled for free at one of 21 filtered-water stations throughout the grounds. Additionally, the Zoo no longer provides plastic bags for gift shop purchases; visitors are encouraged to bring their own bags or purchase wildlife-themed reusable bags at Zoofari Market, Arctic Outpost, Drake Passage Gifts or any of the souvenir stands.