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Season Opening! Sunday - Mar 1, 2015

What to expect on your visit:

Grizzly bear, otters, mountain lions, snow leopards.

Frogs! featuring a cool collection of frogs!
Treasure of the Tropics building - including snakes & lizards, turtles & tortoises, caiman, small primates like the owl monkey, Goeldes, and Tamarins, and the cute - but fierce black - footed cats!
Living Shores Aquarium - including the Magellanic penguins, wolf eel, moray eel, shark, and more!
Troop of 7 Chimpanzees

John Ball Zoo Unveils New Vision

The Zoo's new master plan is a collection of real data and dreams. It is conceptual in nature with the goal of creating a roadmap for a sustainable Zoological Park for our community. The plan contains concepts that are meant to be studied, meant to be flexible, and then ultimately realized over the next 25 years.

To help celebrate the Zoo opening for the 2015 season, zoo staff will be hosting a series of open houses to let you see the plan, ask questions, and give us suggestions. The open houses are not workshops-- those will happen later and will be designed to engage our community more fully.

Please visit during opening week and see what the future might bring.
The Open Houses will be held in the Ballroom, second floor of the Zoo Administration Building.
Sunday, March 1 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM
Monday through Friday, March 2-March 6 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

John Ball Zoo Master Plan

John Ball Zoo Job Fair

We are hiring for the 2015 season. Find the complete list of current openings on our Employment Page.

Don't miss our Job Fair on Saturday, March 7th from 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Come to the Ballroom (upper level of the Administration Building).

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.