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With your help we can continue to make John Ball Zoo an affordable, first-rate Zoo for all to enjoy. Your gift to the John Ball Zoo helps to support Zoo enrichment, expansion and programming. Gifts of any size are welcomed and may be made in honor or memory of a special someone.

Forever Fund

The Forever Fund, established December 2013, celebrates the past accomplishment of the John Ball Zoo Society as it supported John Ball Zoo for over 60 years AND plants the seed for the Zoo's continued greatness. The Forever Fund is dedicated to funding the Zoo's greatest needs and making the greatest impact. No gift is too large or too small. Become a founding member of the Forever Fund donor family by making a gift before 12/31/13. Memorial and commemorative gifts are welcome. Learn more here

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Donate Online - General Donations / Honors / Memorials

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Footsteps Animal Sponsorship

Get involved in conservation! Our Footsteps to the Future Animal Sponsorship program supports our Wildlife Conservation Fund. Learn more...

Wish List - Animal Enrichment

Keeping the more than 1,200 John Ball Zoo animals in enrichments for the entire year requires quite an assortment and quantity of items. Click here to learn more about enrichments and for a “wish list” of items requested by the animal care specialists!

JUMP program

JUMP was piloted in 1996 following its development by a task force led by former Grand Rapids Public School principal, Ruth Jones, and other colleagues.

Click here to learn how you can support JUMP or to learn more about the JUMP program.

Donate by Mail

Please mail your check payable to John Ball Zoo to:

John Ball Zoo
General Donations
P.O. Box 2506
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2506