Michigan has a wide variety of Zoo's and animal sanctuaries. Almost every part of the state has a local zoo. With many Zoo's updating enclosures and bringing in new exhibits like amphibian buildings and specialized displays, it's worth checking out your local zoo to see what is new.
This list includes all of the Michigan area zoo's and animal sanctuaries that I have explored this summer. Each Zoo has it's own unique selection of animals and interactions. From swamp tours to feeding giraffes.
Tips for best experiences.
Large animals are more active on cooler days. During hot weather big cats, bears and wolves will sleep in the shading areas of enclosures. Making picture taking hard.
Go in the morning, most zoo's feed in the morning and that is when enrichment activities are done. This is also when animals will be active.
plan for the weather and take a backpack. Sunscreen, poncho, extra batteries for camera and water bottles all come in handy when spending the day at the zoo.
DO NOT FEED THE ANIMALS! unless food is available to feed them like at Giraffe feedings or duck pond pellets dispensers.
Map of zoo and what activities are going on that day, Some zoo's have meet the keeper events or other educational programs.
Extra spending money for souvenirs.