Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center are Closed

Due to the frigid temperatures and dropping wind chills, the Detroit Zoo  and Belle Isle Nature Center will be closed on Wednesday, January 30th.

In its 90 year history, the zoo has rarely closed due to weather and is open 362 days a year.

The last time the zoo closed for a weather related reason was in August 2014, when record breaking rainfall flooded much of the southeast Michigan region.

Officials say they could be closed on Thursday, as well, but are monitoring the situation.

“Our staff will be working to ensure that the animals receive the same excellent care as always during this cold snap, but it is simply too cold for our guests to visit the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Center,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS). “Additional staff are on site all night when temps drop this low to make sure building systems function as they should and the animals are safe.”

Julie McKeeman

Julie is first and foremost a mom of two amazing kiddos, Elliott and Bennett. She is married to her beautiful wife, Betsy, and is an elementary school librarian.

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