Detroit Zoo Closed Wednesday, Possibly Thursday, Due to Cold

Detroit Zoo Closed Wednesday, Possibly Thursday, Due to Cold

(Detroit Zoological Society, Jan. 29, 2019)

Royal Oak, MI- While Michigan is under a state of emergency due to the extreme cold temperatures, the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center will be closed to guests on Wednesday, January 30. Both facilities may be closed as well on Thursday, January 31, if conditions remain as currently projected.

“Our staff will be working to ensure that the animals receive the same excellent care as always during this cold snap, but it is simply too cold for our guests to visit the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Center,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). “Additional staff are on site all night when temps drop this low to make sure building systems function as they should and the animals are safe.”

Many of the animals who live at the Detroit Zoo are especially adapted to cold weather, including the gray wolves, wolverines, bison, Japanese macaques, polar bears, arctic foxes and red pandas.

The Detroit Zoo has rarely closed due to weather in its 90-year history. Most recently, the Zoo was closed on August 12, 2014, when record-breaking rainfall swept through southeast Michigan, causing widespread flooding.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center.  In recognition of its environmental leadership, the DZS received the top Green Award from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) and was named Best-Managed Nonprofit by Crain’s Detroit Business.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $100 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,000 animals representing 230 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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