Detroit Zoo Hopes To Raise $500K With This Movie Premiere

WWJ News
September 15, 2020 - 12:20 pm

(WWJ) With its usual sunset events canceled in the pandemic, the Detroit Zoo is premiering a movie titled "Sunset for the Zoo: Bringing the Mission Home" with a goal of raising $500,000.

Money will be raised through outright donations and a silent auction with “zoonique” items from Northern Michigan getaways to fine jewelry. Bidding will close on September 20 at 4 p.m.

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The zoo says the move is necessary because like so many community organizations, the DZS has been terribly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  Revenues that are normally generated by on-site visitation were cut off during the statewide shutdown and have been greatly limited since the zoo’s reopening in June.

As for the movie premiere, Sunset for the Zoo: Bringing the Mission Home promises to take viewers on an unforgettable behind-the-scenes journey, highlighting animal care and rescue by the Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), when it premieres on Thursday, September 17.

From the rescue and around-the-clock rearing of a newborn chimpanzee, to the storm-induced need to grab endangered Great Lakes piping plover eggs from the wild during a pandemic, to the extraordinary DZS penguin research and conservation work in Antarctica, there are stories that are sure to delight and intrigue during the DZS’s first-ever virtual fundraiser.

“This is such a unique opportunity to see the incredible work of the DZS staff that is normally out of public view,” said Ron Kagan, executive director and CEO for the Detroit Zoological Society. “We are excited to bring our community inside the Zoo in such a memorable way.” will air on September 17 at 7 p.m. on the zoo’s Facebook page.

To watch Sunset for the Zoo: Bringing the Mission Home, supporters can text “Sunset” to 243-725 or visit for more information and exciting previews.