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Animal Adventures: Surviving in the Wild

Girls with Owl MasksJohn Ball Zoo is once again partnering with Frederik Meijer Gardens to bring you this fun, interactive program. Kids will explore the survival techniques of an Opossum, Wood Duck, Parrot and Tarantula through activities, art projects and up-close encounters.

Pre-registration is preferred, click here for more information.


Animal Adoption Valentine Special

Welcome Baby Neo!

Neo - Baby BongoWe 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

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.

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.