John Ball Zoo



FREE Holiday Event for our community

Saturday, December 2nd 2017 - 10:00 am t​o 3:00 pm



What is Animal Enrichment?

Check out enrichment in action during our annual Christmas for the Animals event! Enrichment is the practice of providing stimulating environments and experiences for Zoo animals in order for them to demonstrate behaviors natural to their species. The incorporation of enrichment in the daily husbandry practices of the animals cared for in AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums is required by AZA Accreditation Standards. The AZA Behavior Scientific Advisory Group (BAG) defined enrichment as a dynamic process for enhancing animal environments within the context of the animals’ behavioral biology and natural history. Environmental changes are made with the goal of increasing the animal’s behavioral choices and drawing out their species-appropriate behaviors thus enhancing animal welfare.

Thank you for your past donations at Christmas For The Animals. Because of the overwhelming generosity of our community, please consider the following ways to give to the Zoo in lieu of parishable items:

Donate online to support the Zoo

Make a donation at Christmas for the Animals

Purchase an enrichment item from John Ball Zoo’s WISH LIST

Sponsor an animal at the Zoo

When purchasing holiday gifts, support the Zoo through AmazonSmile