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Detroit Zoo Begins Construction on New Wolf Habitat

Posted by Steph Kaye on Friday, September 5th, 2014 at 5:31pm.

 

Happenings at The Detroit Zoo

Construction has begun on the new Cotton Family wolf habitat at the Detroit Zoo. The 2-acre sanctuary will feature grassy meadows, trees, a flowing stream and pond, dens, and elevated rock outcroppings from which the wolves can survey their surroundings and zoo visitors. The habitat is slated to open in 2015. “Like many others in Michigan, our family is so excited to help save wolves — cousins of man’s best friend — in a protected sanctuary at the Detroit Zoo,” says David Cotton, whose family donated $500,000 toward the development of the wolf habitat.

For decades, the Detroit Zoological Society has played a role in the conservation of wolves in Michigan. In 1952, the Detroit Zoo sent four wolves to Isle Royale in the Upper Peninsula to be released as part of a program to re-establish the species. As with other native Michigan animals living at the zoo, the organization  will be engaged in conserving wolves in the wild.

“Our core mission is celebrating and saving wildlife, and while we work with many exotics, we also save native Michigan species,” said Ron Kagan, DZS executive director and CEO.

The Cottons, along with sons Sean, Jon and Michael, also donated the lead gift for the development of the zoo’s Cotton Family Wetlands and Boardwalk. “Our family is honored to support this project and to help bring this native species back to the Detroit Zoo for the first time in 25 years,” David Cotton said in a statement. “For decades, the Zoo has played an important role in the conservation of wolves in Michigan.”

Check out the following personal zoo exeriences available:

 

Mingle with the Macaronis (Rockhoppers and Kings, too!)

Want to know how penguins stay warm, eat and play while living in their icy cold habitat? Get up close and personal with them at the Zoo! Under the guidance and supervision of one of the Zoo’s penguin keepers, you will be able to interact with the penguins in their habitat. Your visit will last approximately one hour and includes a behind-the-scenes tour of the keeper area and the incubation/nursery area. Once inside the habitat, you’ll meet some of our 60-plus penguins. Many photo opportunities will present themselves as you hand-feed our rockhopper and macaroni penguins.

  • Mingles are conducted from1 to 2:30 p.m.
  • Offered year-round unless penguins are molting or breeding
  • Groups limited to five people
  • Children must be 7 and older and accompanied by an adult
  • Participants should be able to climb stairs.
    Cost is $600.00 per group.
Take a Guided ZooTour
Be the first to greet your Zoo’s animal residents as they wake up and go through their morning routines after you and your guests enjoy a boxed breakfast in our lush picnic grove. You will ride in comfort in an eco-friendly, zero-emission electric cart while your senses take in the Zoo’s 125 acres of naturalistic animal habitats. Your experience also includes a special zookeeper talk at one of your favorite animal habitats.
  • Tours begin a half-hour before the Zoo opens; 9:30 a.m (fall and winter) and 8:30 a.m. (spring and summer)
  • Offered year-round
  • Groups limited to five people; minimum of two people
  • Children must be 7 and older accompanied by an adult
    Cost is $250 for two people; each additional person is $100.
Breakfast with the Giraffes
Breakfast with the Giraffes is breakfast for all! You will enjoy a continental breakfast with our tallest Zoo animals. After you dine, they dine! You and your guests will have our giraffes eating out of the palms of your hands. A zookeeper will guide you through the feeding process and provide a wealth of information about our giraffes.
  • Breakfasts from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. (fall), 8 to 9:15 a.m. (spring and summer)
  • Offered May thru September on Mondays and Saturdays
  • Groups limited to five people
  • Children must be 5 and older and accompanied by an adult
    Cost is $500 per group
Breakfast with the Butterflies
Enjoy a continental breakfast in the tropics as beautiful butterflies surround you and your guests! During breakfast, a zookeeper will share the secrets of butterfly watching in the garden and in the wild followed by an opportunity to prepare chrysalises for display and release new butterflies in the garden. The morning will flutter by but the memories will last forever.
  • Breakfasts from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. (fall and winter), 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. (spring and summer)
  • Offered year-round
  • Groups limited to five people
  • Children must be 7 and older and accompanied by an adult
    Cost is $300 per group
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 If you are in the market for a new house and would like information on homes for sale, or are first time home buyer not working with a Realtor and would like to schedule a consultation with a qualified Oakland County and Macomb County Realtor, please complete the Lang Premier Properties contact form to have a real estate agent contact you. 

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