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“One of the best zoos in the state”
Review of Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Royal Oak
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: The Detroit Zoo has 125 acres of naturalistic habitats for more than 2,000 animals from anteaters to zebras and features award-winning attractions such as the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Great Apes of Harambee and Arctic Ring of Life. The Zoo’s newest attraction is the spectacular Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the largest facility for penguins in the world.
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I am a big zoo fanatic and live in the middle of the Toledo Zoo in Ohio and the Detroit Zoo in Michigan. Sometimes it is hard to decide which would be better to go to, but lately the Detroit Zoo has been winning my vote. In the past few years they have added an Australia exhibit and the best part of it is that it is a walk though exhibit, so as long as the kangaroos are out, you are not separated from them by any fences. Visitors have to remain on a path, but the kangaroos have been quite close the few times I have been there. Add that to their staple exhibits of the butterflies, polar bears, and the neat events they do such as Run Wild for the Detroit Zoo (a 5k and 10K in September) and Detroit is becoming my zoo of choice.

Thank Jencornell
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

If you only see one thing at the zoo. Make it the polar bears. You can watch them play from an underwater viewing area in this long clear tube. They swim and play inches from you. It was the most amazing thing i have seen. i was more mesmerized than the children. it was like being in a NatGeo special. Words cannot fully describe the experience. Everyone should see this amazing interaction with a very beautiful and amazing creature. Oh yeah, the rest of the zoo was nice too!!

Thank Erik B
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Reviewed March 3, 2013

We have been members at the Zoo for many years and we try to visit in every season. On March 1st, 2013 we arrived at the zoo to find many animals out and inside for viewing. The zoo volunteers we helpful, well informed and happy to greet us as we entered each building or outside area. The continous improvements at the zoo amaze us on every visit. The information that the volunteers provided about the animals are informational and accurate. It was nice to hear about the lion that was donated from the Palace and then when we arrived home that day in the mail was our Zoo Magazine so we were able to read the entire story about the addition of the lion from the palace to the zoo.
A great way to take a walk winter, summer, spring or fall!

1  Thank Laurie V
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Reviewed February 27, 2013

I have been to the Zoo at various ages and I never get tired of it. There is a nice variety of animals to see. Interesting for adults & children!

Thank youryevna
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

I had always only visited the Detroit Zoo, because it was the closest. However, after going to the Toledo zoo, which is only 25 minutes farther, I'll only go back to the Detroit Zoo as a last resort. The Toledo zoo is much better.

Thank Patti T
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