A graduate of Oberlin College in Ohio, Andrew Whiteman earned his degree in biology. An animal lover, he interned with Cleveland Metroparks Zoo while in college. Today, Andrew Whiteman continues to pursue this interest by volunteering with the Detroit Zoo.
Located on 125 acres in Royal Oak, Michigan, the Detroit Zoo provides guests with multiple opportunities to see and learn about exotic animals. Comprising more than 3,000 creatures representing more than 280 species, the Detroit Zoo dedicates itself to “Celebrating and Saving Wildlife.” As part of its mission, it regularly offers new services that enable it to rank among the nation’s best zoos.
In September 2013, the Detroit Zoo announced an important step in its latest endeavor, a penguin habitat called The Polk Family Penguin Conservation Center. The Polk Family Fund donated $10 million to the Detroit Zoological Society, the highest amount the Michigan zoo has ever received in a single gift. This 24,000-square-foot complex will consist of a 310,000-gallon, 25-foot-deep tank that will serve as the home to 80 penguins from four species. Expected to open in 2015, the habitat will allow visitors to view penguins as they deep-dive, a unique opportunity to study the birds’ underwater behavior.