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Detroit Zoo Gives Visitors The Presidential Treatment

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Visitors walk through the Detroit Zoo's Arctic Ring of Life Exhibit, a 70-foot long viewing tunnel that runs beneath a 300,000 gallon chilled salt water pool.  (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images-File.)

Visitors walk through the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life Exhibit, a 70-foot long viewing tunnel that runs beneath a 300,000 gallon chilled salt water pool. (Bill Pugliano/Getty Images-File.)

ROYAL OAK (WWJ) - The Detroit Zoological Society is offering $2 off all regular-price admissions to the Detroit Zoo in recognition of Presidents’ Week Feb. 20-24.

The discount is available only with a coupon, which can be downloaded and printed off the zoo’s website.

Click here to get the coupon.

Presidents’ Week is an ideal time to schedule a winter visit to the zoo. The Japanese macaques, or snow monkeys, can often be seen basking in the warm steam from their hot tub on a frigid day. The Amur tigers, wolverines, red pandas, elk and bison also adapt well to colder weather.

A popular attraction in any type of weather is the Arctic Ring of Life with its 70-foot underwater Frederick and Barbara Erb Polar Passage providing views of swimming polar bears and seals. For a more tropical experience, visitors can take refuge in the Butterfly Garden where the temperature is always a cozy 75 degrees.

Other indoor experiences at the zoo include the National Amphibian Conservation Center, Penguinarium, Holden Museum of Living Reptiles, Great Apes of Harambee, Edward Mardigian Sr. River Otter Habitat and Meerkat Digs. The giraffe, white rhino, lemur and farm animal habitats also have indoor viewing areas.

Special maps are available at the admission gate to help guests plan their winter visit to the zoo.

The 125-acre Detroit Zoo is located at the intersection of 10 Mile Rd. and Woodward, just off I-696, in Royal Oak. Admission is $12 for adults 15 to 61, $10 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $8 for children 2 to 14 (children under 2 are free). For more information, call 248-541-5717 or visit www.detroitzoo.org.

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