Auctions

Sunset at the Zoo features Live and Silent Auctions, where guests have the opportunity to bid on spectacular merchandise and “zoonique” experiences. Guests can also try their luck at the popular Sunset Keys for a chance to win prizes.

Silent Auction

Mobile bidding for the Silent Auction begins May 30, 2018.  Register here.

Mobile Bidding Registration

Special Prize Drawing

One complimentary raffle ticket can be found in your Sunset at the Zoo gift bag. Turn in your ticket to a designated Detroit Zoological Society staff member near the Main Stage between 8:30 and 9 p.m. To be eligible for the prize drawing, your ticket must be received before the first Live Auction item has gone up for bid. Prize drawings will take place during the Live Auction at the Main Stage, which begins at 9 p.m. One winner will be chosen at random for each prize and announced during the Live Auction. Must be present to win. Item may be claimed at the end of the evening in the Safari Lodge (Events Pavilion).


""

Prize 1 – Private Giraffe Feeding for 5 • You and four guests will enjoy the opportunity to participate in a private giraffe feeding at the Detroit Zoo.  This experience will have you and your guests on an elevated viewing platform overlooking the giraffe habitat, bringing you eye to eye with the Zoo’s tallest creatures. (Experience takes place in the morning before the Zoo opens to the public from late spring to early fall and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Participants must be 5 years or older and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Experiences may be cancelled due to animal management concerns and will be honored at a later date.  Expires August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

Prize 1 – Private Giraffe Feeding for 5 • You and four guests will enjoy the opportunity to participate in a private giraffe feeding at the Detroit Zoo.  This experience will have you and your guests on an elevated viewing platform overlooking the giraffe habitat, bringing you eye to eye with the Zoo’s tallest creatures. (Experience takes place in the morning before the Zoo opens to the public from late spring to early fall and must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Participants must be 5 years or older and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Experiences may be cancelled due to animal management concerns and will be honored at a later date.  Expires August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society


""

Prize 2 – Prehistoric Breakfast for 5 • Imagine what it would have been like to live amongst the dinosaurs.  For a limited time, you have the opportunity to take an exclusive tour back in time. You will delight in a Docent-led exploration of the Dinosauria trail that features 40 of these fascinating prehistoric creatures. At the conclusion of your tour, you and your guests will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast. (Experience takes place 8-9 a.m. Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by an adult. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2018.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

Prize 2 – Prehistoric Breakfast for 5 • Imagine what it would have been like to live amongst the dinosaurs.  For a limited time, you have the opportunity to take an exclusive tour back in time. You will delight in a Docent-led exploration of the Dinosauria trail that features 40 of these fascinating prehistoric creatures. At the conclusion of your tour, you and your guests will enjoy a delicious continental breakfast. (Experience takes place 8-9 a.m. Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Children must be 5 years or older and accompanied by an adult. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2018.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society


""

Prize 3 – Guided Tram Tour of the Zoo for 20 • You and up to 19 guests will enjoy a guided tram tour of the Detroit Zoo. Sit back and relax while taking in the Zoo’s 125 acres of naturalistic animal habitats and beautifully landscaped grounds. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy a zookeeper talk at the habitat of your choice! It will be a memorable experience, so don’t forget your camera! (Tour will take place at a mutually agreed upon date and time. Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Must be redeemed by August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

Prize 3 – Guided Tram Tour of the Zoo for 20 • You and up to 19 guests will enjoy a guided tram tour of the Detroit Zoo. Sit back and relax while taking in the Zoo’s 125 acres of naturalistic animal habitats and beautifully landscaped grounds. As an added bonus, you’ll enjoy a zookeeper talk at the habitat of your choice! It will be a memorable experience, so don’t forget your camera! (Tour will take place at a mutually agreed upon date and time. Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Must be redeemed by August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society


Live Auction

""

1. Day with a Vet for 4

You and up to three guests will spend a few hours with the Detroit Zoological Society veterinary staff.  Follow one of our veterinarians as she makes her rounds in the Detroit Zoo to visit patients.  Every day is different!  You may see a bandage change on a bird, blood collection from a mammal, a radiograph on a reptile or training for veterinary procedures. Immediately following rounds, enjoy a light lunch with the veterinary staff and learn more about their fascinating jobs.  (Experience must take place on a weekday.  Must be scheduled a minimum of one month in advance. Participants must be at least 14 years of age.  Date and time to be mutually agreed upon. Flexibility is required. Expires August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

1. Day with a Vet for 4

You and up to three guests will spend a few hours with the Detroit Zoological Society veterinary staff.  Follow one of our veterinarians as she makes her rounds in the Detroit Zoo to visit patients.  Every day is different!  You may see a bandage change on a bird, blood collection from a mammal, a radiograph on a reptile or training for veterinary procedures. Immediately following rounds, enjoy a light lunch with the veterinary staff and learn more about their fascinating jobs.  (Experience must take place on a weekday.  Must be scheduled a minimum of one month in advance. Participants must be at least 14 years of age.  Date and time to be mutually agreed upon. Flexibility is required. Expires August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society


""

2. “Hoppy” Hour for 12 at the National Amphibian Conservation Center

You and up to 11 guests will enjoy an exclusive cocktail party at the National Amphibian Conservation Center, one of the only major facilities in the world dedicated entirely to conserving and exhibiting amphibians. Delight in signature cocktails and appetizers and enjoy a zookeeper talk to learn more about the most threatened group of animals on Earth and what the Detroit Zoological Society is doing to save amphibians from extinction.  You and your party will also enjoy the newly opened Japanese giant salamander habitat. (Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Expires August 31, 2019).  – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

2. “Hoppy” Hour for 12 at the National Amphibian Conservation Center

You and up to 11 guests will enjoy an exclusive cocktail party at the National Amphibian Conservation Center, one of the only major facilities in the world dedicated entirely to conserving and exhibiting amphibians. Delight in signature cocktails and appetizers and enjoy a zookeeper talk to learn more about the most threatened group of animals on Earth and what the Detroit Zoological Society is doing to save amphibians from extinction.  You and your party will also enjoy the newly opened Japanese giant salamander habitat. (Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Expires August 31, 2019).  – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society


""

3. Beach Getaway for 2

Enjoy a three-night retreat in this one-bedroom oceanfront condo located within Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, South Carolina. This beachfront gem boasts an open floorplan with a bright and cheery interior. The screened-in porch is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee and watch the sunrise. After a long day in the sun, you can enjoy falling asleep to the sound of the Atlantic Ocean waves crashing just outside of your bedroom window!  Condo amenities include access to the community pool, tennis courts, golf and plenty of shops and dining options. All of this and still only a short drive to the world-class dining, shopping and historic attractions of downtown Charleston! The winning bidder will also receive a $1,000 travel voucher toward airfare. (Dates based on availability.) – Courtesy of Sharon and Gerry VanAcker and AAA Michigan

3. Beach Getaway for 2

Enjoy a three-night retreat in this one-bedroom oceanfront condo located within Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms in Charleston, South Carolina. This beachfront gem boasts an open floorplan with a bright and cheery interior. The screened-in porch is the perfect place to enjoy your morning coffee and watch the sunrise. After a long day in the sun, you can enjoy falling asleep to the sound of the Atlantic Ocean waves crashing just outside of your bedroom window!  Condo amenities include access to the community pool, tennis courts, golf and plenty of shops and dining options. All of this and still only a short drive to the world-class dining, shopping and historic attractions of downtown Charleston! The winning bidder will also receive a $1,000 travel voucher toward airfare. (Dates based on availability.) – Courtesy of Sharon and Gerry VanAcker and AAA Michigan

 


""

4. Private Dinner for 10 prepared by Chef Daniel Kahn with Taste Detroit Zoo Catering in the comfort of your own home!

Prepare for an extraordinary experience you and your guests won’t soon forget! Chef Daniel Kahn with Taste Detroit Zoo Catering will prepare a gourmet dinner for up to 10 people in the comfort of your own home. The savory meal will be paired with a selection of beer and wine to complement the feast. (Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of Service Systems Associates

4. Private Dinner for 10 prepared by Chef Daniel Kahn with Taste Detroit Zoo Catering in the comfort of your own home!

Prepare for an extraordinary experience you and your guests won’t soon forget! Chef Daniel Kahn with Taste Detroit Zoo Catering will prepare a gourmet dinner for up to 10 people in the comfort of your own home. The savory meal will be paired with a selection of beer and wine to complement the feast. (Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2019.) – Courtesy of Service Systems Associates


""

5. Detroit Tigers Suite for 18

Watch the boys of summer in style from a suite at Comerica Park! Cheer on the Detroit Tigers as they take on the Cleveland Indians Sunday, July 29, at 1:10 p.m. This packages comes with   18 suite tickets, five parking passes and a $500 Visa gift card that can be used toward food and beverage. – Courtesy of Fifth Third Bank and the Detroit Zoological Society

5. Detroit Tigers Suite for 18

Watch the boys of summer in style from a suite at Comerica Park! Cheer on the Detroit Tigers as they take on the Cleveland Indians Sunday, July 29, at 1:10 p.m. This packages comes with   18 suite tickets, five parking passes and a $500 Visa gift card that can be used toward food and beverage. – Courtesy of Fifth Third Bank and the Detroit Zoological Society


""

6. Hamilton New York City Weekend Getaway

Take a shot on this incredible New York City getaway Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August 5. Enjoy a two-night stay in the heart of Times Square on West 46th Street and Broadway at the iconic New York Marriot Marquis. Take in the Broadway smash hit and Tony award-winning show Hamilton: An American Musical at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, at the Richard Rogers Theatre. This musical about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is the hottest ticket around and you’ll experience it from seats in Row B of the Orchestra Section! The winner of this package will also receive a $1,000 Delta gift card that can be used to book flights that work for your schedule, plus two Alexander Hamilton books. – Courtesy of Shannon and Terry Harvill

6. Hamilton New York City Weekend Getaway

Take a shot on this incredible New York City getaway Friday, August 3, through Sunday, August 5. Enjoy a two-night stay in the heart of Times Square on West 46th Street and Broadway at the iconic New York Marriot Marquis. Take in the Broadway smash hit and Tony award-winning show Hamilton: An American Musical at 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 4, at the Richard Rogers Theatre. This musical about the life of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, is the hottest ticket around and you’ll experience it from seats in Row B of the Orchestra Section! The winner of this package will also receive a $1,000 Delta gift card that can be used to book flights that work for your schedule, plus two Alexander Hamilton books. – Courtesy of Shannon and Terry Harvill


""

7. Pizza Party and Dinos at Dusk for 15

Enter a veritable “Zoorassic World” at dusk as you travel back in time along a lush, winding, 3-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life. Forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit – will provide a mega-dose of Vitamin Z for you and up to 14 guests. Enjoy a Docent-led exploration of the Dinosauria trail, the largest dinosaur exhibit of its kind in the country. After your adventure on the trail, enjoy a pizza party and refreshments. (Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and is not available on Wednesday evenings. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2018.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

7. Pizza Party and Dinos at Dusk for 15

Enter a veritable “Zoorassic World” at dusk as you travel back in time along a lush, winding, 3-acre DinoTrail recreating prehistoric life. Forty lifelike animatronic dinosaurs that snarl and move – and some that spit – will provide a mega-dose of Vitamin Z for you and up to 14 guests. Enjoy a Docent-led exploration of the Dinosauria trail, the largest dinosaur exhibit of its kind in the country. After your adventure on the trail, enjoy a pizza party and refreshments. (Experience must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and is not available on Wednesday evenings. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2018.) – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society


""

8. – Zookeeper in Training

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Detroit Zoo zookeeper? Now is your chance! You and a guest can follow a zookeeper for three hours during their daily routine. Roll up your sleeves and help prepare diets, clean habitats and assist with feedings. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will remember forever! Winner may choose among penguins, giraffes or reptiles. (Negative TB test is required. Participants must be 14 years or older and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Flexibility is required. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Must be scheduled a minimum of one month in advance. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2019.)
 – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

8. – Zookeeper in Training

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a Detroit Zoo zookeeper? Now is your chance! You and a guest can follow a zookeeper for three hours during their daily routine. Roll up your sleeves and help prepare diets, clean habitats and assist with feedings. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will remember forever! Winner may choose among penguins, giraffes or reptiles. (Negative TB test is required. Participants must be 14 years or older and all minors must be accompanied by an adult. Flexibility is required. Date to be mutually agreed upon. Must be scheduled a minimum of one month in advance. Must be redeemed by August 31, 2019.)
 – Courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society


""

9. Gorgeous Rustic Northern Michigan Island Getaway

Enjoy a three-night stay at “Eagles Rest”, a private cabin located on Lake Michigan on Beaver Island – a place that is virtually untouched and unspoiled. “Eagles Rest” is situated 100 feet from Lake Michigan on 10 acres of land. Get away to an unspoiled natural environment where several eagle sightings daily are common and the views of Lake Michigan and High Island are spectacular! Cabin features one bedroom, plus a loft, and sleeps up to six guests.

The lakefront cabin features a deck, outdoor grille, plus two kayaks and bicycles. Winner is responsible for their own transportation to/from Beaver Island. (Getting to Beaver Island: From Charlevoix take a quick 20-minute flight or a two-hour leisurely ferry ride on the Emerald Isle. You can also fly into Pelston or Traverse City airports and connect to Beaver Island Ferry or Island Airways in Charlevoix. Either way, it’s an amazing adventure!) – Courtesy of Sharon and Gerry VanAcker

9. Gorgeous Rustic Northern Michigan Island Getaway

Enjoy a three-night stay at “Eagles Rest”, a private cabin located on Lake Michigan on Beaver Island – a place that is virtually untouched and unspoiled. “Eagles Rest” is situated 100 feet from Lake Michigan on 10 acres of land. Get away to an unspoiled natural environment where several eagle sightings daily are common and the views of Lake Michigan and High Island are spectacular! Cabin features one bedroom, plus a loft, and sleeps up to six guests.

The lakefront cabin features a deck, outdoor grille, plus two kayaks and bicycles. Winner is responsible for their own transportation to/from Beaver Island. (Getting to Beaver Island: From Charlevoix take a quick 20-minute flight or a two-hour leisurely ferry ride on the Emerald Isle. You can also fly into Pelston or Traverse City airports and connect to Beaver Island Ferry or Island Airways in Charlevoix. Either way, it’s an amazing adventure!) – Courtesy of Sharon and Gerry VanAcker


""

10. Emagine Theater Private Screening Room Experience for 30

Marvel in the magic of the movies from The Screening Room at Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. The Screening Room is the perfect hybrid of a big-screen experience coupled with the privacy of your living room. Emagine Entertainment has personalized the movie-going experience like never before with a wall-to-wall screen and 7.1 surround sound. You control volume and house lights, and only you have the ability to pause the movie. Did we mention it’s 100 percent private? And don’t forget the leather recliners!  You and up to 29 guests will kick back, relax and enjoy a show! Whether you’re watching a new release, an old favorite, or your very own independent feature, The Screening Room is the next big thing in personal movie watching. Experience includes popcorn and soft drinks. (Offer subject to mutually agreed date.  Movie subject to studio release and/or restriction. Not valid on holidays or last two weeks of December.) – Courtesy of Emagine Entertainment

10. Emagine Theater Private Screening Room Experience for 30

Marvel in the magic of the movies from The Screening Room at Emagine Theater in Royal Oak. The Screening Room is the perfect hybrid of a big-screen experience coupled with the privacy of your living room. Emagine Entertainment has personalized the movie-going experience like never before with a wall-to-wall screen and 7.1 surround sound. You control volume and house lights, and only you have the ability to pause the movie. Did we mention it’s 100 percent private? And don’t forget the leather recliners!  You and up to 29 guests will kick back, relax and enjoy a show! Whether you’re watching a new release, an old favorite, or your very own independent feature, The Screening Room is the next big thing in personal movie watching. Experience includes popcorn and soft drinks. (Offer subject to mutually agreed date.  Movie subject to studio release and/or restriction. Not valid on holidays or last two weeks of December.) – Courtesy of Emagine Entertainment


""

11. A “Day at the Zoo” – Dedicated Giving

Help bring disadvantaged children to the Detroit Zoo for a memorable and educational experience. Support a “Day at the Zoo” at the following levels: $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100. Also available via mobile bidding.

The Detroit Zoological Society’s “Day at the Zoo” program brings science education and inspirational experiences with wildlife to local underserved children. Your contribution will underwrite Zoo admission, a nutritious lunch, transportation (bus fees are often one of the greatest barriers in funding field trips), parking, in-class and on-site education materials and chaperone expenses. – Courtesy of you!

11. A “Day at the Zoo” – Dedicated Giving

Help bring disadvantaged children to the Detroit Zoo for a memorable and educational experience. Support a “Day at the Zoo” at the following levels: $2,000, $1,000, $500, $250, $100. Also available via mobile bidding.

The Detroit Zoological Society’s “Day at the Zoo” program brings science education and inspirational experiences with wildlife to local underserved children. Your contribution will underwrite Zoo admission, a nutritious lunch, transportation (bus fees are often one of the greatest barriers in funding field trips), parking, in-class and on-site education materials and chaperone expenses. – Courtesy of you!