Vintage ADMIT ONE | Belle Isle Zoo Group Admission Memorabilia Detroit, Michigan For Sale
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Vintage ADMIT ONE | Belle Isle Zoo Group Admission Memorabilia Detroit, Michigan:
ADMIT ONE | Belle Isle Zoo-Group Admission Memorabilia-Detroit, MI Michigan USA.
(Intact strip of 5, May Be Slightly Worn Or Faded)
Get your piece of Detroit history!
The zoo opened with a bear den and deer park. The park grew in early years, and by 1909 had 150 animals.
The present-day Detroit Zoo, just outside the city, opened in 1928. As it became the premiere zoo in the area, the Belle Isle location became a children's zoo in 1947.
A search through old newspapers show there was never a dull moment at the Children's Zoo, where baby elephant Kita got herself in trouble swallowing a ball, a talking Mynah bird survived a kidnapping and a missing kangaroo turned up 13 miles away.
The Zoo was overhauled in the 1980s. In its new design, visitors would walk on raised wooden walkways above animal enclosures. But 22 years later, then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick saw an opportunity to save some cash for the city. Now disgraced and imprisoned, he called for its closing in 2002 to save $700,000. Though City Council fought back, and voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative to reopen the zoo, Kilpatrick stuck by his plan and chose to open another zoo on the same island, the Nature Zoo.
Here is a link to a YouTube clip of a robot battling movie called Real Steel;
filmed at the Belle Isle Zoo after it was