not all those who wander are lost


The Detroit Zoo moved to Belle Isle in 1909. In 1956 the zoo would permanently move to the city of Royal Oak. At this time, the Belle Isle zoological park became a children’s zoo.

In 1980 this was converted to the Safari Land Zoo. In 2001, former mayor (convicted felon) Kwame M. Kilpatrick closed this facility temporarily.

The Belle Isle Zoo and the Belle Isle Aquarium have never opened since.

Now let’s take a look underneath the catwalks

Here’s one of the facility buildings, complete with running water and all the lights still on.

These are the rear pen areas where they kept the Belle Isle mutant deer population for a few years. They are now moved to an open pen at the new nature center.

Pen for a “large field animal”

Um…For like, King Kong or something ? Look at the wattage they put into this electrical barricade !

Most of the grounds are completely overtaken by nature.

Life after people.

This is looking towards the main entry gates from inside.

Here are the main entry gates from outside of the zoo.

Ticket booth.

This is where you would exit the zoo.

Mushroom like under-structure of the exit roof – this whole place has amazing rustic designs.

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