It isn’t often someone gets to dine with beings that spend their free time gnawing on wood and covered in hair … unless you go to a hippie commune. However, one bidder and up to nine guests will be able to do just that it with the beavers at the Detroit Zoo.
At the Detroit Zoological Society Sunset at the Zoo fundraiser, among other auction items will be the chance to have dinner on the Boardwalk, which overlooks the new habitat of Ward and June, the zoo’s North American beavers.
The Sunset at the Zoo “Boardwalk Bash,” is inspired by the new Boardwalk, which overlooks the Cotton Family Wetlands and the Jane and Frank Warchol Beaver Habitat, which will open soon. The event takes place Friday, June 14 from 7:00-11:30 p.m. The zoo will close at 2:00 p.m. to prepare for the bash.
The “Boardwalk Bash,” presented by Strategic Staffing Solutions, is for those 21 years old and older and will go on regardless of what the state’s fickle weather does. The food will be presented as a strolling supper and will be brought to the event by more than 40 restaurants.
Drinks? Zoo-themed cocktails.
There will also be boardwalk games, a Ferris wheel and performances by Detroit Flyhouse. Of course, such a lavish event will not stop there. To keep the guests entertained there will be music by The Jerry Ross Band, dancing access to the award- winning animal habitats at twilight, and live and silent auctions (this is where the beavers come in).
The company of beavers with your meal is not the only zoo-based prize at the auctions. You can also bid on the chance for 12 to have dinner with the giraffes, lions or polar bears. For those who prefer to not eat with the zoo’s varying genus, you can bid on a fall hayride and a twilight tour of the grounds with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for 12. Even the chance to name a baby animal is available.
Breaking away from the zoonique prizes at the live auction are a Fox Theater suite and dinner at Vinsetta Garage for 15, an autographed Henrik Zetterberg game jersey, the Detroit Tigers President’s Suite for 18, and an evening on a private yacht with dinner and drinks for 35.
For those interested, tickets start out at $150 and go up to $300. For more information and to order tickets, visit www.detroitzoo.org/sunset. Tickets can also be purchased at the gate the evening of the event.
Here’s a quick FYI on beavers. The largest beaver dam was over 2,750 feet long. These dams are the only animal-created structures that can be seen from space. If a predator destroys part of the dam, it will be fixed overnight. Also just like men, they won’t stop building until the job is done – resulting in some massively huge dams being built along large rivers. Sounds like Detroit, doesn’t it? We keep building.