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Welcome Baby Neo!

Neo - Baby Bongo

We are proud! On December 16 we welcomed the birth of NEO, a baby Eastern Mountain Bongo, to the Zoo! This sub species of bongo is critically endangered and exist in only one remote region of central Kenya. That population is estimated at less than 150 individuals. The good news is that there are more than 300 mountain bongos in North American Zoos and efforts are underway to replenish the the animals in the wild.


Please Donate to Year End Appeal

Help the Zoo TODAY!   Donate to the Year End Appeal 2014.

Your donation makes a difference at John Ball Zoo.  As of January 1, 2014 the Zoo is operated by a single nonprofit under contract with Kent County.   All income and expenses associated with the Zoo come together under one John Ball Zoo budget.  This makes the 2014 year end appeal essential to the Zoo’s future. 

You can be a part of the success of John Ball Zoo.  Your gift will help feed our animals ($150,000), provide for needed medical equipment ($26,000), and help run every aspect of our Zoo.  The Zoo you love!  A Zoo that inspires its visitors and our community through excellence in animal care and visitor experience.

Whether you already donate on an annual basis OR are considering a first-time gift, know that your generosity inspires and fuels John Ball Zoo!

Click here to donate online


Media Featuring John Ball Zoo

Membership TV Ad.
"Training Their Dragons", by Central Michigan film student Sonya Petrakovitz.
Winter Journal Archive
"Walk Through Wednesdays", winter '09-'10 video clips.
"Lion enrichment", 2009 Zoo Goes Boo.
"An Inside Look at John Ball Zoo" with Brenda Stringer, Executive Director, John Ball Zoo Society.
Video tour of John Ball Zoo, featuring then Zoo Director Bert Vescolani and produced by Grand Rapids Press.
Chimp Clip, produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center.
Black footed kittens - small but mighty.
Flickr has a John Ball Zoo Group Pool. Enjoy photos of other visitors.