Saturday, I went with a friend to The Detroit Zoo in
Royal Oak and Huntington Woods. It was partly cloudy
and cool, but such days are perfect to see many of the
animals who don't like hot days and big crowds. Having
worked at the Zoo for over a year, I have a bit of inside
knowledge and would like to share some of it with you.
It was great to see one of the polar bears close up.
I am not sure if it was Talini, the baby girl who is
about three now, I think, and probably nearly fully
grown. I would have asked a zookeeper, but none were
We also saw
two white rhinoceri, the tigers, the
lions, one griz, some giraffes, and a lot of
flamingoes. We did not get to see Jacques, the lone
hippo; it was a bit too chilly for him, but he was out
earlier in the day for a stint.
Once we walked
past the Reptile House, we entered
Huntington Woods. So the bears don't live in Royal
Oak, but the butterflies do....
The Zoo is
still only 11 bucks for adults and
supporting the animals there is a good thing. They
need to be fed every day and it is open all year
round. The zoo was not too crowded and all the
exhibits were open and all the animals were around and
happy. We saw a tiger trying to catch a sparrow, but
the sparrow was too quick for his or her paw swat.
monkey babies were frolicking happily while
the adults picked ticks off of each other. We saw
some newly hatched butterflies, too, in the Butterfly
House, which also doubles as a place you can rent at
night for parties and wedding receptions.
were fun to see, too. Think of all the millions of money
made by those recent silly penguin movies: has your
kid ever seen a real penguin? If the Detroit Zoo closes
down because of Metro Detroit's lack of support combined
with Detroit's mismanagement of its assets, your grandchildren
might never see any, and with global warming, and the
elimination of habitat of many species, zoos are more
important than ever.
a species of toad found only in Wyoming that went extinct,
but for those in zoos, including the Detroit Zoo. It
was reintroduced to the wilds of Wyoming and it is doing
fine for now again.
consider a trip to the Zoo. If you want to support a
cool local business while you are there, go to Monty's
Grill just north of Catalpa on Woodward for a burger
or breakfast. They are open until 3 p.m. and it is the
coolest diner in Metro Detroit. We went there before
and after our visit to the zoological park.
forget the Toledo Zoo! They have some cool
animals, too! It is more fun and less expensive than
throwing your paycheck into a slot machine! Not to
mention a good workout and something for the whole