Detroit Zoo Celebrates International Tiger Day


ROYAL OAK — As part of the Detroit Zoo’s celebration of International Tiger Day on July 29, the Detroit Tigers mascot PAWS, will be hiding somewhere inside the zoo with prizes awarded to the first visitors who find PAWS after completing a scavenger hunt.

Other activities include a special tiger craft project hosted by the Detroit Tigers Wives, as well as animal enrichment, and zookeeper talks at the tiger habitat.

“The day provides a wonderful opportunity to educate the public about endangered wild tigers and the conservation efforts to save our team namesake,” says Erica Scherzer, wife of Detroit Tigers Cy Young award-winning pitcher Max Scherzer.

The scavenger hunt will take place between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. Detroit Zoo mascots Junior Z and the Zooperheroes will lead visitors on a scavenger hunt through the zoo using conservation clues that lead to PAWS’ location. Prizes from the Detroit Tigers and the zoo will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Those who complete the scavenger hunt by acquiring a stamp from each of the zoo mascots before finding Paws, are eligible to recieve a prize.

From 10 a.m. to noon, the Detroit Tigers Wives will hold a craft station in the Ford Education Center for the first 1,000 participants.

At noon and 2 p.m., there will be enrichment and zookeeper talks at the tiger habitat, as well as an education station with biofacts.

In addition, the Tigers Pennies for Paws campaign will be set up at every retail and concession location throughout the zoo, with donations benefitting the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Wildlife Without Borders Tigers Fund to support tiger conservation efforts.

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