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Coming to the The Zoo?

There is still plenty to see and do at the Zoo in the Fall. Most of the animals including lions, tigers, and bears remain available. However, after Labor Day our seasonal experiences and exhibits begin to close down, cooler temperatures kick in and summer staff returns to school. For example, our wallabies and camels return to their winter home in a warmer climate by mid-September. Still...there are lots of animals to see and enjoy! So come and visit soon.

Zoo Goes Boo!


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.