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Welcome to John Ball Zoo!

What to expect on your visit:

Lions, tigers, and bears. Oh my!

Chimpanzees, frogs, reptiles and amphibians in our Treasure of the Tropics building, AND penguins and lots of fish in our Living Shores Aquarium!

Hours and Rates

Summer Camp

The Education department at John Ball Zoo has worked hard to create Summer Zoo Camp; a unique, fun, hands-on learning experience for children 3 years old to those entering 9th grade!

For members only, registration will begin March 26th at 8 AM!

Please click here to register for Summer Zoo Camp.

Please click here for more information about Summer Zoo Camp.

Want to register for camp early and get a discount? Become a member here or call 616-336-4312!

Registration for non-members will begin March 30th at 8 AM!

Animal Sponsorship

Please Donate to Year End Appeal

By sponsoring an animal, you not only help in the care and feeding our animal at John Ball Zoo, but also support conservation programs near and far. For our animals and those in the wild, their future depends on you.

Click here for more information about our Animal Sponsorship program: Animals! Animals!

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.

John Ball Zoo Master Plan


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. Our mission is to inspire people to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. Want to know other ways to support us?

Click here to check out different ways to give to John Ball Zoo.

Thank you for your support!

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.