There are all the things a zoo should be.
Then there are all the things a zoo would be.
Which leads us to the really exciting possibility of what a zoo could be.
A place that not only conserves, but generates power.
A place that not only inspires its community, but the world entire.
A place that cares not just for the animals within its care, but for all those around the globe.
Well, ladies and gentle people, we are precisely that zoo.
Not merely a zoo that should or would.
The Detroit Zoo is The Zoo That Could.

 

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This Zoo is so brave; it stands up to extinction.
Reviving species living on the brink.
Birds and butterflies,
Frogs and salamanders,
Without help may be gone in a blink.
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This Zoo is a haven; on principles it stands.
A champion for creatures in and outside its care.
Bettering environments through science,
Sharing its knowledge and guidance,
Breaking ground in animal welfare.

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Thinking globally.
Acting endlessly.
Who would?
Our Detroit Zoo.
Because it knew that it should, so it could.

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There is many a creature inside our zoo’s care;
The giraffes and the aardvarks and grizzly bears.
But there’s one special species that finds its way in;
The ecologically vital school children.
They arrive on busses and depart on wings;
Wondrous and adoring of all living things.

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Of all the good zoos, and there are many;
And from this many, arises one.
It leads and it guides, invents and it thrives.
Because of all the zoos that would, this is a tale of The Zoo That Could.

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