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Closing for the Winter

It's sad to go - but you'll be hearing from us! CLOSING FOR THE SEASON on Monday - 11/3/2014. Re-opening March 1st, 2015. Be sure to like us on Facebook at JBZOO or sign up for our e-newsletter (just go to our website) for UP TO THE MINUTE animal and event news!

Open for Christmas for the Animals

We will be open for CHRISTMAS FOR THE ANIMALS - Saturday - Dec 6 - 10am until 3pm.
Santa and his reindeer and loads of animal demonstrations. This is a TOTALLY FREE event with a donation of an animal enrichment. View our wishlist here.

Special Gift Shop Hours

You can still find the perfect stocking stuffers at incredible deals at our Gifts Of The Wild Gift Shop. They'll be open WED 11/19 - 10-7pm, Saturday 12/6 - 10-4pm and Wednesday 12/10 - 10- 7pm. Or...by appointment just call (616)336-4327.

Please Donate to Year End Appeal

Help the Zoo TODAY!   Donate to the Year End Appeal 2014.

Your donation makes a difference at John Ball Zoo.  As of January 1, 2014 the Zoo is operated by a single nonprofit under contract with Kent County.   All income and expenses associated with the Zoo come together under one John Ball Zoo budget.  This makes the 2014 year end appeal essential to the Zoo’s future. 

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.

Whether you already donate on an annual basis OR are considering a first-time gift, know that your generosity inspires and fuels John Ball Zoo!

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.