ROYAL OAK, Mich. – Those who missed the first Summer Zoomance event in July will have a second chance to fall in love with the Detroit Zoo all over again. Another after-hours, 21-and-older Summer Zoomance will take place this Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission for guests is $14.
Summer Zoomance allows grownups to relive their fond memories of the Detroit Zoo while creating new ones with a twilight stroll among the award-winning animal habitats.
The rain-or-shine event features performances by blues guitarist and vocalist Laith Al-Saadi, complimentary tram tours, animal enrichment and zookeeper talks.
Guests can take a spin on the Carousel for an additional $2 and enjoy a scenic ride through the Zoo on the Tauber Family Railroad for a one-way fare of $3. Food and adult beverages will also be available for purchase.
Tickets are available online at by clicking here and can also be purchased at the admission gates.
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The Detroit Zoological Society is a nonprofit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic habitats, the Detroit Zoo is located at 10 Mile Road and Woodward Avenue off I-696 in Royal Oak, Mich. The Detroit Zoo is open 362 days a year, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through Labor Day (with extended hours until 8 p.m. Wednesdays during July and August), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. the day after Labor Day through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March. Admission is $14 for adults 15 to 61 and $10 for children 2 to 14, senior citizens 62 and older and active military with ID; children under 2 are admitted free. The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is open Wednesday through Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April through October and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. November through March; closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Admission to the Nature Zoo is free; however, a State of Michigan Recreation Passport is required for all personal vehicles to enter Belle Isle State Park. For more information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.
By Jeffrey Buck
Are you still thinking about participating in this year’s Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo? You have until Friday, August 15th to take advantage of the current fees before they increase by $5 each. There are four different events being offered this year and include:
Fun Walk: $20 | $25
5K Race: $25 | $30
10K Race: $30 | $35
5K & 10K Combo: $50 | $55
This family-friendly event is offered to all ages. Participants receive free admission to the zoo for the day, a commemorative t-shirt and a post-race party that includes food and drinks. The Fun Walk follows a 1.5 mile path through the Detroit Zoo. The 5K & 10K races begin at the 10 Mile entrance of the zoo and then follow a course through the City of Huntington Woods ending back at the zoo.
Race day is Sunday, September 14th!
To register, see a course map or any find any other information about the event, click here.
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Wild Summer Nights | Detroit Zoo
ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The Detroit Zoo gets even wilder on Wednesdays during July and August with its annual Wild Summer Nights concert series, presented by MESP. Concerts take place in the Main Picnic Grove from 6:30 to 8 p.m. July 3 through Aug. 28, 2013, and are free with Zoo admission.
Admission prices are reduced to $6 for all guests after 6 p.m. on Wednesdays in July and August; members are admitted free. The Zoo remains open until 8 p.m.
Wild Summer Nights features a variety of live music from local bands, including children’s, folk, rock, Motown and R&B. Guests are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. Food, snacks, beer, wine and soft drinks are available for purchase from Zoo concessions.
- July 3 – The Sun Messengers (Motown and R&B)
- July 10 – The Joe Reilly Band (children’s)
- July 17 – The Sugarees (Americana)
- July 24 – The Ragbirds (folk rock)
- July 31 – The Verve Pipe (children’s)
- Aug. 7 – Jill Jack (folk)
- Aug. 14 – Julianne Ankley (country)
- Aug. 21 – Candy Band (children’s)
- Aug. 28 – Mr. Seley and the Troublemakers (children’s)
While Zoo visitors are getting their late-day dose of “Vitamin Z”, the animals will receive enrichment as well at 6 and 7 p.m. Offered daily at the Detroit Zoo, environmental enrichment enhances animal habitats to make them more dynamic and engaging. It includes the introduction of novel and sometimes unpredictable elements such as objects, sounds, scents or other stimuli that give the animals the opportunity to express choice and control in their environments and to make decisions, express individuality and behave in species-typical ways.
Wild Summer Nights is supported by Ford, Outback Steakhouse and UnitedHealthcare Community Plan.
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