Sunset at the Zoo at Royal Oak’s Detroit Zoo to Raise Money for Tiger Habitat

The Detroit Zoological Society’s annual Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser will offer dinner, drinks, live music, dancing, and entertainment at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Proceeds will benefit a renovation and expansion of the tiger habitat.
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Guests who purchase patron tickets for this year’s Sunset at the Zoo will visit the viewing areas of the new red panda habitat. // Photo courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

The Detroit Zoological Society’s annual Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser will offer dinner, drinks, live music, dancing, and entertainment at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Proceeds will benefit a renovation and expansion of the tiger habitat.

This year’s theme is Asian Forest, and event will take place rain or shine 7-11 p.m. on Friday, June 7. Guests will enjoy a strolling dinner of dishes from 45 area restaurants, desserts, zoo-themed drinks, live music by The Jerry Ross Band and Tom Butwin, entertainment by Detroit Circus, live and silent auctions, and access to many of the zoo’s habitats.

The Devereaux Tiger Forest will, when complete, triple the size of the current habitat and offer elevated vantage points, open spaces, and a cave for the tigers.

Advance tickets for the 21-and-up event start at $175 and can be purchased here. Tickets purchased at the gate will start at $200. Patron tickets will be $325 ($350 at the gate) and will include a VIP reception with entertainment, light hors d’oeuvres, and drinks in the Asian Forest prior to the main event. These guests also will get to explore the viewing areas at the newly renovated Holtzman Red Panda Forest and see a first look at the Devereaux Tiger Forest.

The event will be presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, and the VIP reception will be sponsored by ITC Holdings Corp. The Albert M. Higley Co., The Cotton Family, Grays Outdoor Services, IBEW Local 58, Jaffe Raitt Heuer and Weiss, Kelly Houseman Counseling, Service Systems Associates, and Vivacqua Law are also supporting the event.

The Detroit Zoological Society operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. The zoo has an annual regional economic impact of more than $167 million, and the zoo hosts more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Its 125 acres houses 2,400 animals across 235 species.

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