The Creature Conservancy

Upcoming Events

In addition to the numerous presentations we give for schools, clubs, private and corporate groups, The Creature Conservancy schedules several events each year that are open to the public. Below is a list of the upcoming opportunities to meet, learn about and sometimes touch cool creatures from around the world.

Many of these events are held in the Special Events building at The Creature Conservancy while others take place at locations around the community - and the country!


The Creature Conservancy

4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Rd

Ann Arbor, MI 48103

tel: 734-929-9324





Creatures of the Night

Friday, January 19, 2018

Friday, January 26, 2018

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Spend the evening with us and meet some fascinating nocturnal animals when they are normally active! We'll introduce you to Poco, our most famous two-toed tree sloth, Tressel the southern tamandua and several other creatures of the night.

The experience will culminate with a free flight of the Egyptian fruit bats in our large indoor arena. At over 8000 square feet, this is the largest indoor bat flight in Michigan, certainly, and perhaps the country!

With the main lights off and just red lights glowing, we'll open the door to the bat roost and our colony of 35 fruit bats will have the airspace of the entire arena. See if you can spot the size difference between the males and females, feel the air current as one swoops down low and see if you can discern the echolocation clicks they make during flight.

This event is for adults aged 18 and over only.

Cost: $15 per person plus a donation for the animals and their care. Currently the items needed most are macaw toys, pet-safe squeaky toys, fresh or frozen salmon or whole fish, femur bones, pet-safe ice melt for walkways and 30- and 55-gallon trash bags. Please see our wishlist for more options:

This event is held in our main building at 4950 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, Ann Arbor 48103. Parking is in the main paved parking lot. Check in at our Education Center then follow the lamps to our main building. Handicapped parking is available in the gravel lot in front of the main building, but please check in first in the Education Center off the main paved parking lot.

Advanced ticket purchase only, as seating is limited.

ticket purchase for Creatures of the Night January 2018

Event Schedule:

7:00 - 7:45 - walkaround visit / viewing of nocturnal animals including Virginia opossum, giant toad, cougar, crested porcupine and more

7:45 - 8:30 - Stone Stage presentation including armadillo, tamandua and sloth

8:30 - 9:00 - lights out for fruit bat free flight in the main arena!


Creature Courtship

Friday, February 9, 2018

Saturday, Febrary 10, 2018

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018


7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at The Creature Conservancy


Announcing our 6th annual Creature Courtship program! This very special event is for adults aged 21 and over.

Enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres while you learn about romance in the animal kingdom. How does a male armadillo get around the female's imposing armor? Which reptile buries her eggs until the babies hatch and "bark" to let her know? Who has a circle of 13 teats to nurse her young? You'll learn little known facts about many creatures and their methods of seduction, reproduction and parenting. During this presentation, you'll get to meet as many as ten of our animals face to face!


Creature Courtship swans and cygnets

Cost: $35 per person. Advance ticket purchase is required as seating is limited to 30 people per program. Please purchase early to avoid disappointment! A food donation for the animals is always welcome: currently the foods needed most are quality brands of domestic cat and dog food, both canned and dry.  

Please click the date of your choice for tickets, and have payment information ready.

Fri, Feb 9 Sat, Feb 10 Wed, Feb 14 Fri, Feb 16


When checking the featured animal for a particular month's weekend Creature Encounters!, please be aware that featured animal changes are occasionally necessary. In the event that a change has been made, we will update this events calendar as soon as possible!


Recent Events

enjoy photos of many of our annual events (below)... click to enlarge