John Ball Zoo

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 2017

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DISCOUNTED JOHN BALL ZOO ADMISSION OFFERED ON MAY 29 FOR SAVE FOR EDUCATION DAY, PRESENTED BY EDWARD JONES

On Sunday, May 29, in the middle of Memorial Day weekend, John Ball Zoo will be partnering with Edward Jones to offer discounted Zoo admission in honor of 529 college savings plans.  The $5.29 admission for all (with coupon) is meant to remind people that 5/29 is designated Save for Education Day.  The special admission rate is valid with a coupon available on the Zoo’s website, at any Edward Jones office, and on the Zoo’s Facebook page at JB ZOO. 

WHAT:          Save for Education Day at the John Ball Zoo, presented by Edward Jones   Attendees are encouraged to wear college attire; the day will feature prizes and giveaways.

WHEN:         Sunday, May 29, 2016, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE:      1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504

COST:         $5.29 Zoo admission (cost of discounted single admission with coupon)

WHY:      According to the College Board, for the 2015-2016 academic year, the average annual cost (including tuition, fees, room and board) for an in-state student at a four-year public college or university  $19,548 (public) and $43,921                             (private)  As the cost of higher education continues to rise and student loan debt increases, it is important to raise awareness of the college savings options available to parents and grandparents. For more information on college                           savings options, please visit Edward Jones.

About John Ball Zoo:

John Ball Zoo is located at 1300 W. Fulton - One mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. John Ball Zoo is home to over 1,500 animals and offers a variety of interactive animal experiences and adventure rides. For more information please contact (616) 336-4301 or www.jbzoo.orghttps://www.facebook.com/JBZoo.

                                                                                                                                               

About Edward Jones:

Edward Jones provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm's business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm's 14,000-plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients.

Edward Jones, which ranked No. 6 on FORTUNE magazine's "100 Best Companies to Work For 2015," is headquartered in St. Louis. The Edward Jones Web site is located at www.edwardjones.com, and its recruiting Web site iswww.careers.edwardjones.com. Member SIPC."

JOHN BALL ZOO FLYING HIGH ALL SUMMER.

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May 10, 2017

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JOHN BALL ZOO FLYING HIGH ALL SUMMER.  

(Grand Rapids, MI)   An exciting new animal show is coming to John Ball Zo!  The Realm of Flight will be in residence at John Ball Zoo from May 27, 2017 -Sept. 4, 2017.   The show will feature 10 amazing birds, each demonstrating their own eye-popping talent.  The bald eagles will swoop overhead in free flight.  The Seriema, will show off a fascinating hunting technique and kids will get a kick out of the Raven, who happily accepts a donation from your hand and deposits it in a box.

The Realm of Flight bird show comes to the Zoo from WORLD BIRD SANCTUARY, known internationally as a first-class bird conservation organization.  Its founder, Walter Crawford, started the Sanctuary in 1977 with the support of the then St. Louis Zoo Director, Marlin Perkins.  The WBS is dedicated to the propagation, rescue, rehabilitation and preservation of birds – especially birds of prey.  

BABY HOWLER MONKEY BORN

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May 29, 2017

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BABY HOWLER MONKEY now on exhibit!

Baby black howler monkey joins mom and dad on the Wild Way Trail!! 

The Black Howler Monkey is one of the largest in the Americas. Throughout most of its range, the Howler Monkey is endangered from hunting and habitat destruction.  Black howler monkeys live in troops of between 4 and 8 members. Each troop has its own territory in where it feeds and lives. Baboons defend this territory from other troops through the use of their voices. Their howl is one of the loudest animal sounds in the world. 

John Ball Zoo’s family of three Black Howler monkeys can be heard howling most often in the morning. 

The howler family can be found on the WILD WAY TRAIL also featuring the lemurs, parrots, and owls. 

WHITE FACED SAKI

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July 19, 2017

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WHITE FACED SAKI MONKEY BIRTH AT JOHN BALL ZOO

(Grand Rapids, MI)  This past Monday morning, the animal management team at John Ball Zoo were pleasantly surprised to discover that Helen, the female white-faced saki monkey, had given birth!  Although Helen and Yaki, the male, were recommended to breed by the white-faced Saki Monkey Species Survival Plan (SSP), managed by the Assoc. of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the zoo was not optimistic for offspring based on the ages of Helen at 25, and Yaki, at 24.   The median life expectancy is between 10 and 20 years of age but some Saki monkeys have been known to live into their thirties.   

Helen and Yaki have successfully raised three other babies at John Ball Zoo, and those animals now live in other AZA-accredited zoos participating in the SSP.

Saki monkeys are native to Northern South America, Venezuela east to Brazil. Saki monkeys are predominantly tree dwelling but have been known to spend time foraging on the ground.  They can leap up to 30 feet from branch to branch.   White-faced saki monkeys are sexually dimorphic - meaning the males and females look different.  Males have white faces and a black snout, while females are all brown, with a black face and white stripes along their nose. Newborns are the color of females.

The name “Saki” is derived from a number of similar words in several indigenous languages for “small monkey”.

The new baby is clinging tightly to mom and is bright and alert. We won’t know the baby’s sex until the first veterinary exam in a few months.   The saki monkey family is housed in the South American area across from flamingos.  They have access to both their indoor and outdoor areas and may not be viewable at all times.  The baby can be difficult to spot. It clings to Mom’s side around her hip and blends well into her fur.

John Ball Zoo participates in 34 Species Survival Plans created to save animals from extinction.  They also participate in 29 scientific Taxon Advisory Groups.  John Ball Zoo is home to over 1,500 animals.  They are the fourth most attended cultural institution in the state and is the oldest AZA accredited zoo in this state.  For more info www.jbzoo.org, (616)336-4300, Facebook:  JB Zoo or info@jbzoo.org.

LOSS OF 18 YEAR OLD SNOW LEOPARD

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June 2, 2017

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JOHN BALL ZOO ANNOUNCES LOSS OF 18-YEAR OLD SNOW LEOPARD. 

(Grand Rapids, MI)   John Ball Zoo announced today that Mi-Shan, the 18-year old snow leopard at John Ball Zoo,  lost her long battle with cancer.  Mi-Shan lived a long life. Most snow leopards generally live to be 14-15 years of age.  She had been a resident of John Ball Zoo since she arrived from the Sacramento Zoo in June of 2002. During her fifteen years at the Zoo, she was an important part of the Snow Leopard Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP is a cooperative breeding and population management program coordinated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). She gave birth to Krashniya, a female cub in 2003. Krashniya now lives at the Sacramento Zoo.

Mi-Shan was a much loved member of the Zoo family during her fifteen years at John Ball Zoo. She was a spectacular animal. Her caretakers, the rest of the Zoo team, and the Zoo guests will miss her. The Zoo’s Animal Management Staff is currently reviewing future animal plans and options.

This week marked the end of one year of intensive treatment for her cancer. In 2016, the Zoo veterinary team diagnosed Mi-Shan with a type of cancer known as soft tissue sarcoma. The Zoo veterinary staff coordinated a plan for Mi-Shan's treatment. Board certified veterinary surgeon Dr. Amanda Conkling and board certified veterinary oncologist Dr. Christine Swanson consulted. Both consultants are from Blue Pearl Veterinary Partners. Her caretakers monitored Mi-Shan’s condition daily. Over the last year, a series of surgical procedures and chemotherapy controlled the disease. Unfortunately, the cancer became much more aggressive last week. This aggressive turn and its effect on Mi-Shan's quality of life led the veterinary and animal team to make the difficult decision to discontinue treatment and humanely euthanize her.

Mi-Shan was a wonderful ambassador for snow leopards in the wild. Snow leopards are endangered and live in the high mountains of central Asia. Their estimated population in the wild is less than 7,000. Through the Species Survival Plan (SSP) program, John Ball Zoo along with ~70 other AZA-accredited institutions  work together to  provide a future for snow leopards at their institutions and in the wild. The Zoo has also supported snow leopard field work through its John Ball Zoo Wildlife Conservation Fund. It supports the Snow Leopard Trust through the sale of products at the Zoo gift shop. These sales benefit the Trust and its conservation efforts.

John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave. just one mile west of downtown Grand Rapids. It is home to over 1,400 animals.  John Ball Zoo is fourth most attended cultural institution in Michigan welcoming 515,000 visitors annually.  The Zoo is open daily.  For more information contact (616)336-4300, info@jbzoo.org, FB at JBZoo and www.jbzoo.org.

 

“We inspire our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife

and our natural environment”

RENDEZOO: LET'S FLAMINGLE

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June 2, 2017

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JOHN BALL ZOO’S ANNUAL FUNDRAISER IS SOMETIMES QUIRKY, BUT IT'S ALWAYS FUN!! 
RENDEZOO:  LET’S FLAMINGLE is Friday, June 9.

(Grand Rapids, MI)   John Ball Zoo’s annual fundraiser always starts with a theme and people can count on it being a little tongue in cheek.  This year, it’s hard not to have fun with LET’S FLAMINGLE. 

RENDEZOO is in its 27th year and it is nothing if not unique.   The adult evening event takes place in a Zoo with no kids!   It’s under the stars, features live music, a cash bar, and – yes – even a bawdy hulahooper, a juggler and a speed artist.  A strolling supper is provided by Barbque Boys. 

One of the highlights of the evening is always the silent and live auction.  Some of the items can’t be found anywhere else except at this event including special behind-the-scenes animal experiences, sold out concerts, and more.  Auction items are now on-line may be viewed and even bid on at JBZ.cbo.io starting Monday. 

Tickets to RENDEZOO are available on line at www.jbzoo.org/Rendezoo or to call (616)336-4301.

John Ball Zoo is located on Fulton Ave., 1 mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.  RENDEZOO will take place on Friday, 6/9, from 7:00pm to 10:30pm 

 The Zoo is the 4th most attended cultural institution in the state. For more information www.jbzoo.org, info@jbzoo.org, or call (616)336-4301. 

Actively conserving – Always celebrating!

ROCK, ROAR & POUR - Cold Beer - Live Music - Real Animals

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July 6, 2017

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JOHN BALL ZOO ISN’T JUST FOR KIDS ANYMORE!   ROCK, ROAR & POUR offers COLD BEER – LIVE MUSIC – REAL ANIMALS.

(Grand Rapids, MI)    John Ball Zoo’s debut event, Rock Roar & Pour, definitely offers a unique location.  After all, it’s the only place in town where you can enjoy a craft beer while lions roar in the background.  The first time event will take place on Thursday, July 20, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, after the Zoo closes to the public. 

Rock, Roar & Pour will feature live music by noted local band, Brena - a cash bar with a few of the best craft beers Grand Rapids has to offer (and domestic beer, wines and cider) - and fun concession fare.   Of course, the best part of Rock, Roar and Pour will be the animals with special demonstrations, peeks-behind-the-scenes, and the chance to get up-close-and-personal with several. 

Tickets to Rock, Roar & Pour are only $20 per person with first drink included!  They can be purchased on line at www.jbzoo.org/rockroarpour.  Tickets will be available at the door, but no drink will be included. 

 Attendees to Rock, Roar & Pour must be 21 years or older.  John Ball Zoo is located 1 mile west of downtown Grand Rapids.  It is open daily from 9am to 6pm.  John Ball Zoo is home to over 1,600 animals  For more information www.jbzoo.org, Facebook JB ZOO, info@jbzoo.org, or call (616)336-4300.  John Ball Zoo is the fourth most attended cultural institution in Michigan.  

 

ACTIVELY CONSERVING - ALWAYS CELEBRATING. 

JOHN BALL ZOO OPENS SAT - MARCH 11

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ZOO OPENS FOR THE SEASON SATURDAY MARCH 11, 2017.

Visitors will be able to see several new projects in the works. 

 

(Grand Rapids, MI)    John Ball Zoo is opening for the season Saturday, March 11, at 10:00am.  “Spring is great time to visit the Zoo.” said Peter D’Arienzo, Chief Executive Officer.  “The animals really do miss the visitors over the winter so when the families return this time of year, the animals are very curious and active.” 

JOHN BALL ZOO UPDATES COMMUNITY ON STINGRAY LOSS

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For Immediate Release

July 22, 2016

 

CONTACT:   Krys Bylund

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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.

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