John Ball Zoo

Press Releases

For media-related questions, please contact Krys at (616) 336-4374 or by email at kbylund@jbzoo.org.

JOHN BALL ZOO UPDATES COMMUNITY ON STINGRAY LOSS

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For Immediate Release

July 22, 2016

 

CONTACT:   Krys Bylund

                       Cell:  (616)340-0025

                       Direct: (616)336-4374

                       kbylund@jbzoo.org

 

JOHN BALL ZOO UPDATES COMMUNITY ON STINGRAY LOSS

GRAND RAPIDS---Peter D’Arienzo, CEO of John Ball Zoo, issued an update on the internal review following the loss of the Zoo’s cownose stingrays and bamboo sharks that occurred on July 7, 2016.

JOHN BALL ZOO ANNOUNCES LOSS OF STINGRAYS AND SHARKS.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, July 8, 2016

CONTACT: Krys Bylund, John Ball Zoo, (616) 336-4374

 

John Ball Zoo announces loss of stingrays and sharks

Mechanical malfunction likely cause of stingray and shark death  

GRAND RAPIDS – John Ball Zoo officials announced with deep regret Friday the loss of 18 cownose stingrays and three bamboo sharks late Thursday evening, after a heavy rainstorm led to a circuit malfunction that caused one of the two pumps for the lagoon to shut down. The backup alarm system designed to notify staff of such a shutdown also did not function properly.

JOHN BALL ZOO'S TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT

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CONTACT:    Krys Bylund

                          CELL:  (616)336-4374

                          Direct:  (616)336-4374

                          kbylund@jbzoo.org

 

JOHN BALL ZOO’S TURTLE CONSERVATION PROJECT

“Turtles in trouble”…. Not in Our Backyard!  “

(Grand Rapids, MI)  Of the ten species of turtles native to Michigan, nine are found right here in Kent County.  We see at least four of them using the John Ball Zoo and Park as their home.  Those species are the snapping, painted, box and Blanding’s turtles.  The Blanding’s and box turtles are both listed by the State and are threatened with range-wide declines.  

National Zookeeper Week

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National Zookeeper Week is July 19 – 25, 2015, and zoos and aquariums around the country will take time to appreciate and thank zookeepers and all they do for animals.  

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