The Great Lakes Zoological Society’s Conservation & Rescue Center (A World of Discovery) in Ann Arbor, Michigan is an indoor zoo experience that features exotic animals, such as reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds, and more.
Located on 6885 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103, the center is open 7 days a week from 10:00am to 6:00pm. The admission is $7 per person, $5 for children under 11 or seniors, and free for toddlers.
From the website: The Center’s primary objectives are education and conservation. We also participate in the rehabilitation and rerelease of endangered native animals and the rescue and placement of displaced pets.
I have visited A World of Discovery four times in the past year. And each visit is brought with it, a new experience that’s been informative and entertaining. From the large snakes and lizards, to the giant tortoises, and talkative parrots, there’s always an observation or two that you come away with, that you can relate others.
On my most recent visit, the animals all seemed very lively. One of the facility employees told me that during the Spring, many of the animals all come out of a period of inactivity, which makes sense because they would otherwise be hibernating through the Winter. I saw the two male tortoises wrestling with each other, the male parrot enthusiastically grooming the female parrot (to the point where her feathers are falling off), and the lizards roaming about their large enclosures.
Many of the animals on display are rescued from pet owners who had adopted them, but eventually found them to be too difficult to take care of, while some of the critters are brought in from other animal sanctuaries. Mark Creswell, the president of the Great Lakes Zoological Society, said that most people don’t realize how challenging it can be to care for these animals because they require very precise environmental conditions (temperature, humidity, food, etc.) to survive, let alone to thrive.
With that being said, the center does have some lizards, turtles, and snakes available for adoption. These animals are chosen for their relative ease of maintenance. The center offers some training for interested pet owners, and all of the critters are thoroughly examined and given a clean bill of health before they are sold.