Sunset at the Zoo

June 16

Join the Detroit Zoological Society and co-chairs Joe Campanelli and Karen Cullen for our spectacular, annual 21-and-older fundraising gala, Sunset at the Zoo, on Friday, June 16, 2017. Sunset is presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions; this year’s theme is “Green is the New Black”.

Sunset will provide a sensational evening complete with exquisite cuisine, delectable drinks, magnificent live entertainment and “zoonique” prizes.   With more than 45 of metro Detroit’s best restaurants, 2,500 Detroit Zoo supporters and exclusive access to many of our award-winning habitats, you and your guests will experience a fun-filled evening unlike any other!

This year’s event will highlight the Detroit Zoological Society’s Greenprint initiatives in a fun, chic way.  The Greenprint is an award-winning roadmap for sustainable business practices.  Recent efforts include discontinuing the sale of bottled water on Zoo grounds – keeping 60,000 plastic bottles out of the waste stream annually – and building an anaerobic digester which will convert 400 tons of animal manure into methane-rich gas to power the Zoo’s animal hospital.

Sunset at the Zoo is more than just a great party – it raises critical funds to support the Detroit Zoological Society and our mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.

Plan to create amazing memories, share wild stories and experience the Zoo while showing your support of Sunset at the Zoo.

This grand celebration promises to be the hottest ticket in town!   Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 1, 2017!

Watch highlights from Sunset at the Zoo “Penguin Palooza” 2015 (Embedded Video)

Get involved!

Become a Sunset at the Zoo Sponsor
Play an important role in helping secure the future of the Zoo by becoming an individual or corporate sponsor. There are several levels to choose from, all of which provide valuable exposure and benefits. Download the Sponsorship Proposal. Contact Rick Friday at (248) 336-5722 or use the email form to discuss the various packages.

2017 Sponsorship Proposal (PDF)


Donate to the Sunset at the Zoo Auctions

The Sunset Committee is looking for fabulous treasures to enhance the Live and Silent Auctions and prizes for the Sunset Keys. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Auctions or Sunset Keys, please download a Donation Form.

2017 Donation Form (PDF)

The Zoo will close to the public at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2017, in preparation for Sunset at the Zoo.