Annual Detroit Zoo Fundraiser to Return in June with Penguin Theme


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Photograph by John S. Schultz

The Detroit Zoological Society’s annual Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser will return in June with a penguin theme to celebrate the Detroit Zoo’s new Polk Penguin Conservation Center.

Sunset at the Zoo, to be held June 10, offers a strolling supper with dishes from 40 metro Detroit restaurants, specialty drinks, music by The Simone Vitale Band, live and silent auctions, and access to many of the zoo’s animal habitats. Attire is “summer chic,” and guests are encouraged to dress in black and white in celebration of penguins and the new penguin center. 

The 33,000-square-foot Polk Penguin Conservation Center, which opened April 18, features a 326,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep aquatic area where visitors can watch more than 80 penguins explore their habitat. Two acrylic underwater tunnels provide views of the birds as they swim above, around, and below.

The Detroit Zoological Society operates the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. Tickets to Sunset at the Zoo range from $175-$325. 

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