Celebrate World Ocean Day at the Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich., May 31 /PRNewswire/ — Come celebrate World Ocean Day on Wednesday, June 8 at the Detroit Zoo. This internationally significant day will host a variety of activities to promote ocean education and awareness.

The lively celebration will take place from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at various locations around the Zoo. The National Amphibian Conservation Center Theatre will feature an ocean scavenger hunt, fish face painting and temporary tattoos. Dive into the excitement of the Wild Adventure Simulator at the Ford Education Center with a virtual deep-sea expedition or swim with the dolphins for $4 per person. Guests can view a variety of exotic marine life in our 2,000-gallon aquarium at the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery where volunteers will be available to answer questions.

World Ocean Day began in 1992 at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. The Ocean Project, an international network of aquariums, zoos, museums and conservation organizations, including the Detroit Zoo, is helping to coordinate activities worldwide with the World Ocean Network. Guests visiting the Detroit Zoo will have the opportunity to sign a petition for the United Nations requesting June 8 to be officially designated as World Ocean Day.

Celebration and recognition of this day are crucial to the preservation of oceans and aquatic life worldwide. Come experience World Ocean Day at the Detroit Zoo and learn more about what you can do to make a difference! For more information on World Ocean Day visit http://www.theoceanproject.org/ .

The Detroit Zoological Institute is comprised of the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The Institute, founded in 1928, is committed to celebrating and saving wildlife. Situated on 125 acres of naturalistic exhibits, the Detroit Zoo is open year round with several indoor viewing areas. The Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of Ten Mile Road and Woodward Avenue, just off I-696 in Royal Oak. Admission is $11.00 for adults 13 to 61; $9.00 for senior citizens 62 and older and $7.00 for students ages 2 to 12; and children under 2 are free. For more information call (248) 398-0900 or visit http://www.detroitzoo.org/ . The Belle Isle Nature Zoo is located on Belle Isle Park in Detroit. The Nature Zoo is currently under construction but some family programming takes place on the weekends with advance reservations by calling (313) 852-4056. The Detroit Zoological Society works to promote the general welfare and interests of the Detroit Zoological Institute. Financial support has allowed the Zoo to expand its animal collection, open new exhibits, and implement major beautification projects. To help the Detroit Zoological Society through financial support, partnership opportunities, membership, or volunteering, please call (248) 541-5717.

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