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Natural Awakenings of Greater Ann Arbor & Detroit / Wayne County Michigan

Kudos ~ Detroit Zoo

Pickles the penguin was able to explore the Detroit Zoo grounds due to the absence of crowds during the COVID-19 pandemic. Michigan’s summer temperatures are ideal for letting penguins explore outside of their chilly habitat, and also good for animal enrichment.

As with many animal welfare organizations, the zoo has been creative in navigating this health emergency while also keeping people engaged with the animals. The zoo has committed to providing a steady flow of livestreams, animal cams, educational content and other fun animal updates to help spread some much-needed cheer.

For more information, visit Watch penguins at