Detroit Zoo, Belle Isle Nature Center closed Wednesday due to freezing temperatures

Posted at 2:53 PM, Jan 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-29 14:53:23-05

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (WXYZ) — The Detroit Zoological Society has announced that the Detroit Zoo and the Belle Isle Nature Center will be closed Wednesday due to the freezing temperatures.

Officials say they may also be closed Thursday, if the current forecasts hold true.

“Our staff will be working to ensure that the animals receive the same excellent care as always during this cold snap, but it is simply too cold for our guests to visit the Detroit Zoo or Belle Isle Nature Center,” said Scott Carter, chief life sciences officer for the Detroit Zoological Society in a news release. “Additional staff are on site all night when temps drop this low to make sure building systems function as they should and the animals are safe.”

This will be the first time the zoo has been closed since August 12, 2014, when record-breaking rainfall led to flooding in parts of metro Detroit.