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.
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.
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.
Our Detroit Zoo.
Because it knew that it should, so it could.
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.
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.