Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the new gem at the Detroit Zoo Thursday, April 21, 2016

March 13, 2017

My family and I recently had the chance to attend a members only screening of the newest exhibit at the Detroit Zoo. To say the work done at the Detroit Zoo in the last few years has made my annual membership and donations money well spent is an understatement. I have been a paying member for about 17 years, and have always had great pride in our beloved Detroit Zoo. I have seen more improvements in the last 5-7 years than in any previous time.  The zoo is clean and family friendly, and the exhibits they keep adding aren't just for the visitors. They have made a great effort in re-creating natural environments with larger spaces for the animals to explore and relax. The wolf habitat unveiled last year is a favorite of my kids, and looks fantastic. The Arctic Ring of Life polar bear exhibit has been a fan favorite for a while, and nationally recognized among all the zoos in the country as one of the very best. I was expecting to be similarly pleased with this new attraction. I was dead wrong. The Polk Conservation Center exceeded all of my expectations. The layout was very well thought out. Upon entering the modern building, you are met with a enormous view of the enclosure and just how massive it is. My kids were in awe of how much the enclosure looked like a natural habitat. You follow a pathway down, and down some more, all the while seeing portholes in the walkway fitted with screens showing underwater videos. There are massive acrylic windows to see just how deep the water is that the penguins enjoy, and a tunnel like the Arctic Ring of Life to get under the water and watch the animals swim around and over you.   The whole exhibit felt more like a destination at the zoo instead of a pit stop. I would recommend anyone who loves penguins, or the Detroit Zoo in general to get out and go, you will not be disappointed!