Explore: The Detroit Zoo

Explore: The Detroit Zoo

(Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 8, 2020)

Royal Oak, MI- With beautiful autumn weather and social distancing requirements limiting attendance, it’s a great time to visit the Detroit Zoo, located at 8450 W 10 Mile Rd in Royal Oak.

Some of the buildings are closed, and those that aren’t have people at the entrances making sure capacity limits aren’t exceeded.  While I missed seeing penguins and polar bears, there were still many animals to visit, including a new generation of monkeys and chimps.

The lemurs were particularly entertaining.  When I walked up to their enclosure they were huddled together in a cluster of black and white fur. Then they suddenly took off in different directions, scurrying up logs, running through grass, and making fabulous leaps.

It was also fun to see a pair of gray wolves in their 2 acre habitat. One came right over for a close up before going back to relax under a pine tree with the other.

It’s also a busy time for the staff at the zoo as they prepare for the Wild Lights experience, where giant illuminated scenes line the paths of the zoo. There are over five million LED lights in the trees and the sculptures. Admission help fund the animal conservation efforts of the zoo.  The event takes place Nov. 20-Jan 3, with reservations required.  Click here for more info.

Here are some favorite pics from my recent visit.  Learn more about the Detroit Zoo at www.detroitzoo.org.  Check out other fun places in our EXPLORE section.

                  

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