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bobcatParty for the Planet

Saturday, May 3
10:00am to 3:00pm
Learn how we can help save our world's resources and wildlife! Over 20 organizations! Science experiements - Make and take crafts - Demonstrations - and give-aways!

Summer Camp

John Ball Zoo Summer Camp is a unique, hands-on learning experience that is both fun and educational for children ages 3 years to those entering 9th grade!

Registration Dates:
Members only beginning on 3/24
Non-Members beginning on 3/31

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members' nightJohn Ball Zoo Members' Night 2014

Tuesday, May 6th and Thursday, May 8th, 5:00-7:30pm
Members get a behind-the-scenes look at the Tigers of the Realm exhibit.
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The Great CatsbyRendeZoo XXV

RendeZoo XXV is celebrating both the 25th anniversary of this long running Zoo fundraising event and the opening of the Crawford Tigers of the Realm Exhibit.  The Best Party in Town- Friday, June 13 - just gets better every year with your participation.  This event helps us continue to WOW our visitors by providing financial resources for exciting exhibits, tremendous animal care, quality educational programs, and experiences that make memories for everyone. Decide right now how to get involved with RendeZoo XXV – The Great Catsby.



Christmas for the Animals

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

Donate online - it's easy



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.