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The Abandoned Belle Isle Zoo of Detroit

February 26, 2014

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The Belle Isle Zoo expands part of Central Avenue on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan.

The Belle Isle Zoo began in 1910 as the Detroit Zoo. The Detroit Zoo later moved in the late 1950′s and Belle Isle became home to a children’s zoo. Into the 1980′s the zoo did offer more then marine and bird species such as bear and other animals. The zoo has been and always was free and open to the public and offered many marine animals in its closing years, such as turtles, frogs, snakes, spiders and fish. With the decline of people returning to the zoo the funds to keep it active did not last and it has since had the marine part of the zoo closed.

The Belle Isle Zoo was partially closed before 2010 but continued to offer deer feedings of the Fallow Deer and other school outings as well as a rental service for their main building. It is believed all the activites have ceased since 2012 which is the last known time that their website was updated.

Where is the abandoned Belle Isle Zoo in Detroit located? You can find it with these coordinates. 42.341278,-82.980364.

All images used under Creative Commons License Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike 2.0 Generic. All images by Tara / Flickr / t-dawg.

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