2013 season: April 1 through October 18 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Daily
Great Gift Ideas: Give the gift of a Membership to the Children's Zoo. Memberships are good for one full year! Give the gift of a Personalized Brick - available in 4x9 or 9x9 sizes. Give the gift of an Animal Sponsorship. You can sponsor any animal at the zoo at various levels. Not sure what to give, give the gift a Gift Certificate available for any amount! Call (989) 759-1408.
The walk-through aviary is adjoined to the kangaroo exhibit in the Australian Outback. The aviary exhibits over 20 Cockatiels, which are native to Australia, in a free-flighted environment. Guests are invited in and have the option to feed the birds a millet stick. Millet is a favorite snack item of these small birds, and the birds may even land on the feeders' hand! Included in the aviary are 2 completely enclosed exhibits for Poppy, the zoo's Umbrella Cockatoo, and Wedgie, the Moluccan Cockatoo. The Aviary will be open to the public seasonally, as temperatures are appropriate for the cockatiel flock.
Formerly a sandy play area, the Fossil Find was transformed in 1998 into an area where children can channel their inner paleontologist and dig for dinosaur bones and learn about the discovery of prehistoric animals, while adults are able to take a seat and rest and relax.
Created in 2005, the Animal Stars building was created so visitors could view where some of our education animals reside when they are not busy at a show. The Stars building features a variety of animals including a Boa Constrictor, Tarantulas, Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches, Blue Spiny Lizards, Millipedes, mice, and more!
The Wetland Experience, opened in spring of 2006, is a natural wetland ecosystem with plants and fish native to Michigan wetlands. With an underwater viewing area, a crawl-through "beaver dam", and a beautiful waterfall, this is truly an up-close and personal wetland experience.
The summer of 1999 marked the grand opening of the Butterfly Encounter. Visitors of all sizes take a journey where education, people, and gardens meet to experience the wonders and nature of these delicate, fluttering creatures. The Butterfly Encounter is a seasonal exhibit, opening in early June and closing in early September.