Join the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS) and event chairs Shannon and Terry Harvill for our spectacular, annual 21-and-older fundraising gala, Sunset at the Zoo “Safari” on Friday, June 8, 2018 from 7 to 11 p.m.

Sunset, presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, will provide a sensational evening complete with exquisite cuisine, delectable drinks, magnificent live entertainment and “zoonique” prizes.   With more than 45 of metro Detroit’s best restaurants, more than 2,000 Detroit Zoo supporters and exclusive access to many award-winning habitats, you and your guests will experience a fun-filled evening unlike any other!

This year’s event will support the Detroit Zoological Society’s wide array of educational programs, which spark curiosity, understanding and respect for the natural world in audiences from preschoolers to professional educators.

Sunset at the Zoo is more than a great party – it raises funds critical for the Detroit Zoological Society’s mission of Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.

This grand celebration promises to be the wildest ticket in town!   Tickets go on sale Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Watch highlights from Sunset at the Zoo “Green is the New Black” 2017

Get involved!

Become a Sunset at the Zoo Sponsor

Show your commitment to Zoo-inspired education by becoming an individual or corporate sponsor. There are several levels to choose from, all of which provide valuable exposure and benefits. Download the Sponsorship Proposal. Contact Matt Opperman at (248) 336-5723 or use the form below to discuss the various packages.

Sponsorship Proposal

Participate in the Strolling Supper and Dessert Reception

Sunset at the Zoo features an exquisite strolling supper and dessert reception offering tastes of signature dishes from more than 45 of metro Detroit’s best restaurants. Guests also enjoy a champagne welcome and hosted bar featuring zoo-themed martinis and specialty drinks. To become a participating restaurant or distributor, contact Alexis LaClair at (248) 336-5746 or or use the email form below.

Donate to the Sunset at the Zoo Auctions

The Sunset Committee is looking for fabulous treasures to enhance the Live and Silent Auctions and prizes for Sunset Keys. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Auctions or Sunset Keys, please download a donation form or use the email form below.

Donation Form


The Zoo will close to the public at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018, in preparation for Sunset at the Zoo.