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Contest: Share Your Memories of the Detroit Zoo and Win!

It's a special place for generations of Michigan residents and visitors. Upload your photos and tell your stories and you could win four tickets to the zoo to enjoy it again.

UPDATE: The contest is now closed and we'll be notifying winners Friday, Feb. 17. Thanks for your entries!

We've got four tickets to give away to Detroit Zoo!

After reading Patch columnist Gerry Boylan's Detroit Zoo edition of Do You Remember? we started feeling all warm and fuzzy. Our mischievous Gerry shares his childhood memories of red elephant keys, chimpanzee shows, and hitching rides on the back of the guided tour cars.

We know most Michiganders have fond memories of the zoo, which first opened in 1928. Many of us went to the zoo as kids with our schools, Scout troops or families, and we return with our own children and grandchildren. Over the years, a lot of pictures have been taken in front of the Horace Rackham Fountain, the Butterfly House or on the zoo's train.

We want you to share your memories.

Either upload a photo of you or someone you love at the zoo, or tell us in the comments area below about your favorite spot or memory of the park. When you do, we'll enter you into a drawing to win four complimentary tickets (two adults and two children) to the zoo courtesy of the Detroit Zoological Society

About the Detroit Zoo

  • The Detroit Zoo is situated on 125 acres with many naturalistic habitats.
  • Major exhibits include the Arctic Ring of Life, Australian Outback Adventure, Great Apes of Harambee, National Amphibian Conservation Center, Holden Museum of Living Reptiles, Penguinarium and Butterfly Garden.
  • The Deroit Zoo is the largest family attraction in Michigan with more than 1  million visitors each year.
  • The zoo's mission is “Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.”
  • It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

For a list of events at the zoo and hours, visit detroitzoo.org.

Contest rules

OK, now for the rules, because a contest has to have some rules:

  • Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older.
  • To enter, upload a photo of you or someone you love at the zoo or tell us in comments about your favorite spot or memory of the park.
  • All entries must be received by noon Friday, Feb. 17, 2012, Eastern Time. Winners will be contacted Feb. 17 and must respond via email by midnight  Feb. 18 with their complete mailing address.
  • Your name will be entered in the drawing just once, but you can share as many photos and comments as you like.
  • One winner will be selected at random.
  • The winner will receive two adult tickets and two children's ticket to the Detroit Zoo, valued at $40.
  • Click here for complete official rules.
John Davids February 06, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Living so close to the zoo when the boys were samll was fantastic. We bought memberships every year and visited weekly for much of the year. We actually went so often that the boys got "zoo burn-out"- when they would misbehave we would threaten to make them go to the Zoo!
John Ferguson February 06, 2012 at 08:55 PM
I used to remember going as a child and following the Elephant tracks all over the zoo, and then watching the trainers give the elephants a bath. I also loved the Detroit Zoo commercial with the Ostrich, a Classic!
Ernie Mahar February 07, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Ah yes...I spent many a summers' afternoon back in the (usually closed) troutstream trails with friends of the female persuasion. Grand educational experience, to be sure. I lived in Huntington Woods at the time and it was not unusual for exotic birds to show up in the back yard, especially in the early morning. But perhaps those were just Bobby Munecas' mynas!
Luke Moran February 08, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Luke Moran I remember growing up in Pleasant Ridge on Kenberton (just south of the zoo) ...lying in bed in the summer and hearing the lions roar when the meat was delivered to thery cages in the morning.....we could hop a couple of fences and be at the front gate in minutes....The zoo was a great place to be a kid in the 60's....
Erin Berard February 08, 2012 at 06:51 PM
I was excited to see the article about the "Sleeping Hippo" outside of the zoo's entrance. When I was three years old, the hippo was moved from the entrance to Hudson's in the Oakland Mall. I always looked forward to visiting the hippo and playing on her, so when she disappeared I was upset. My dad helped me write a letter, asking where she had gone. I was excited to see the response back - she had been moved to be closer to her friends at the zoo! I still smile, remembering this, when I go to the zoo with my younger cousins and see them playing on her.

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