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Sunset at the Zoo Makes the Mission Possible

Photo courtesy of Detroit Zoological Society.

News from the Detroit Zoological Society

Guests will have a chance this month to test out life as a Detroit Zoo secret agent — should they choose to accept their mission, that is.

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) will host its annual Sunset at the Zoo gala fundraiser from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 24. With the theme of “mission possible,” this year’s event will highlight how the support of generous donors makes the DZS’s mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife and Wild Places possible.

Presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, Sunset at the Zoo offers an evening like no other, featuring live entertainment from fan favorites such as the Bluewater Kings Band, a selection of zoo-inspired drinks, and delicious food from a variety of Metro Detroit restaurants and more than a dozen food trucks.

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Before the event ends, guests will have danced the night away and had the opportunity to bid on exciting live and silent auction items, including a conservation trip to Peru with DZS staff, a chance to mingle with the macaroni penguins at the Detroit Zoo and a ticket package to the PGA championship in Rochester, New York. Additional auction items include signed sports memorabilia, event tickets and packages featuring local businesses.

Guests will also enjoy complimentary tram and carousel rides, storytelling by David Gakure, a Kenyan naturalist and DZS education specialist, animal feedings and the exclusive opportunity to explore the Zoo’s 125 acres until twilight.

“We are thrilled to announce that this year’s event will support high-impact projects that will not only benefit the animals who call the Zoo home, but also the community and the world at large,” said Hayley Murphy, chief executive officer and executive director for the DZS.

Advance tickets for Sunset at the Zoo can be purchased online starting at $225 for Supporters. Patrons and Benefactors are invited to a special VIP Reception before the gala opens to all ticket holders. To purchase tickets, show your support and enjoy a special evening at the Zoo, visit

The Detroit Zoo will be closed Friday, June 24 in preparation for Sunset at the Zoo.

Sunset at the Zoo is also supported by VIP sponsor DTE Foundation, along with Suburban Subaru of Troy, Grays Outdoor Services, IBEW Local 58, the Cotton Family and Vivacqua Crane, Intellectual Property Law.

The Detroit Zoological Society – a renowned leader in humane education, wildlife conservation, animal welfare and environmental sustainability – operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center. One of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak hosts more than 1.3 million visitors annually. Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to more than 2,000 animals representing 232 species. The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit. For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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