This Eerie And Fantastic Footage Takes You Inside Michigan’s Abandoned Zoo

If you’ve spent a significant amount of time here in the Great Lakes State, you’ve almost certainly explored the Detroit Zoo at least once. After all, this sprawling complex is a popular destination for families who want to get up close and personal with wildlife and unique creatures from across the globe. While the Detroit Zoo itself is undeniably famous in Michigan, its history is less commonly known – and remnants of its earliest days offer a fascinating glimpse into the past. 

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While the footage shows a bleak and unkempt scene, it’s easy to imagine the fun outings that took place here during decades past. Did you have a chance to visit this Belle Isle gem before its demise? Does this footage stir any memories of your time at Safariland or the children’s zoo that once offered unique encounters with animals? We’re always eager to hear from you, so share your thoughts about Michigan’s abandoned zoo by leaving a Facebook comment or recommend another fascinating attraction in the Great Lakes State by filling out our official nomination form here.

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Address: Belle Isle, Detroit, MI, USA