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John Ball Zoo's Wild Bird Life

Well, we're just entering the breeding and migration seasons for a lot of Michigan's wild bird species.  And with our varied habitat, John Ball Zoo is something of a wild oasis in the heart of Grand Rapids.  In today's blog, I'm going to introduce you to some of the species that, with a little extra effort, you might see and/or hear when you visit. 

IT'S EXPENSIVE TO FEED THE ENTIRE ZOO!

Here at the commissary in the Central Services Building we handle the produce side of diet preparation.  Weekly our produce cost is estimated at $400 but that varies with time of year, weather, and a number of other factors.  

Meet "Waldorf" the Wolf Eel

I know many visitors and staff, myself included, used to love watching the wolf eel swim through the kelp forest tank in the aquarium and were quite sad when our old eel passed away.  Well never fear, meet “Waldorf” our new wolf eel!  

IT'S BEGINNING TO LOOK A LOT LIKE CHRISTMAS....

 The John Ball Zoo has been busy getting ready for the annual ‘Christmas for the Animals’ event happening on December 6th from 10am – 3pm.   This is a super fun event when visitors get a visit with Santa and his reindeer, enjoy the work of an ice-sculptor,  and participate in some fun kid’s activities - BUT – it’s all FREE if you bring a donation of an animal enrichment item!   This is a great way visitors can help the animals celebrate Christmas!