Senior Day at the Detroit Zoo Comes September 7, 2005!

ROYAL OAK, Mich., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ — On September 7, 2005, the Detroit Zoo will host its annual Senior Day event, granting free admission, parking, and miniature railroad rides to senior citizens 62 and older and their caregivers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Visiting Nurses Association (VNA), MPRO, Michigan’s Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, and AM 580 Motor City Favorites.

Part of the day’s festivities include bingo games held in the main picnic grove throughout the afternoon, a Senior Resource Area providing beneficial health and lifestyle information as well as various free health screenings, and a performance by Picks and Sticks from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, narrated tractor train rides will allow seniors to tour the Zoo and learn about the animals in comfort. Special keeper talks will be given on the grizzly bears, tree kangaroo, penguins and scimitar-horned oryx. Visitors can listen to keepers give talks throughout the event on how the older animals are cared for.

The event began in 1982 when senior citizen Isabella Fiesselmann wrote a letter to then Zoo Director Steve Graham, telling him that she wanted to visit the Zoo, but would need assistance because she used a walker. Graham granted Fiesselmann a tour of the Zoo, and named a day in her honor for seniors to visit the Zoo with special attention to their various needs.

For more information on Senior Day and other Zoo events, please visit our website at http://www.detroitzoo.org/ , or call (248) 398-0900.

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 62; $9.00 for senior citizens 62 and older and $7.00 for students ages 2 to 12; and children under two 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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