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Tagged: Brenda Stringer

A RARE Opportunity

Okay, first let me explain I’m not a zoo keeper. Sorry but I don’t have any first hand, behind-the-scenes, really good inside stuff.  The only recommendation I can give for you to read further is that I’ve worked at the Zoo for a very…very long time. So long that it’s gotten to be totally uncomfortable when someone asks me how long. It’s like being asked how old I am. When I do tell people,  the response is either a quiet and respectful “wow” or an overly loud, totally disrespectful “good grief, how freaking old are you?”. 

Helping Conservation Around the World

Since 1985, John Ball Zoo has been helping wildlife conservation projects around the world with its Wildlife Conservation Fund. The Fund is financed through donations and monies earned from our Footsteps to the Future animal sponsorship program. The Fund makes it possible for us to award a limited number of small grants to animal conservation programs around the world. Over the past 29 years, 145 grants have been distributed in 46 countries and 24 states, 26 grants in Michigan.  This year we received 108 applications from projects on every continent except Antarctica.  Projects vary in size and scope but each represents dedicated people who put their time, talent and often their own financial resources into saving wildlife and wild places.