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Wildlife Photographer of the Year Makes U.S. Debut at Detroit Zoo

Detroit Zoo Wild Lights

Exhibition begins November 16; open during Wild Lights

A bald eagle touches down on a snowy riverbank with its massive wingspan on full display; a Weddell seal lies in peaceful repose on a bed of ice; a puma mom poses serenely as her cubs play-fight around her – these are among 100 stunning images featured in the 2019 Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, showcasing wildlife and wild places from around the globe.

Britain’s foremost natural history museum has selected the Detroit Zoo as the site of the exhibition’s U.S. debut for the 14th consecutive year. The show begins November 16, 2019, at the Ford Education Center and runs through May 10, 2020, free with Zoo admission.

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The exhibition of winning photographs from the 2019 competition features 100 images – dramatically displayed as illuminated large-format color transparencies – chosen from more than 48,000 entries by professional and amateur photographers from 100 countries.

Now in its 55th year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London.

The exhibition will be open during Wild Lights, the Detroit Zoo’s spectacular holiday display featuring more than five million LED lights. Presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, Wild Lights will be held November 16-17, 22-24 and 29-30, December 1, 6-8, 13-15, 19-23 and 26-31, 2019, and January 2-5, 2020. Visit for information and tickets.

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.  With an annual regional economic impact of more than $167 million, the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak is one of Michigan’s largest paid family attractions, hosting more than 1.3 million visitors annually.  Its 125 acres of award-winning naturalistic habitats are home to 2,400 animals representing 235 species.  The Belle Isle Nature Center sits on a 5-acre site surrounded by undisturbed forested wetlands on Belle Isle State Park in Detroit.  It provides year-round educational, recreational and environmental conservation opportunities for the community.  For hours, prices, directions and other information, call (248) 541-5717 or visit

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