John Ball Zoo


Gifts of the Wild

Eco-Friendly and Fair Trade

You will find hand-crafted authentic African items made by the tribesman of Kenya. We also offer purses made by Artisans in India.  Check out our sculptures and figurines carved from Tagua Nuts and Sea Turtles made of marble. Proceeds go to help save Elephants and Sea Turtles.  Taste our delicious gourmet chocolate, or take home some yummy cinnamon sugar shake or coffee!  5% of the proceeds from our Red Ape Cinnamon products goes towards Orangutan conservation.  Ever wanted to write on paper made out of elephant poo?  Well now you can - come in and check out our "poo-poo" products!  

Don't pollute our lakes and rivers!  Gifts of the Wild sells Zinc free sunscreen.  As the animals would say, "We don't pee in your pool, please don't Zinc in our oceans, lakes, and rivers!" - Tropical Seas


T-Shirts and Apparel

We have T-Shirts for everyone in the family. From Adult all the way down to infant.  We have a huge variety of styles and colors to choose from.  Support your zoo by taking home one of these shirts.  Want something other than a t-shirt?  Need something cozy - take home one of our hooded sweatshirts or our popular Baja Jackets.


John Ball Zoo Souvenirs

Pens, and mugs, and shot glasses, oh my!! We have everything that you can think of collecting that has our “John Ball Zoo” name on it. Looking for a way to remember your trip? Check out the patches, pins, Christmas Ornaments, key chains and everything else we could think of to put our name on.


Toys and Stuffed Animals

Need another fluffy friend? Check out our Wedding Cake looking “Plush Stage” filled with every critter you could ever imagine! From Wolverines to Cockatoos, we have it all. Does your child have another school project? Diorama perhaps? Come in and find your little plastic animal replicas here! We have 36 different themed “toobs”, and a huge variety of individual animal replicas.


Gift Bags

Gift Bags are perfect for school groups, group outings, or even birthday parties.  We have two options to choose from to make your shopping for large groups super easy!  Please order gift bags at least 7 days in advance to ensure we have items in stock.  Items may be substituted based on availability.  Please refer to descriptions and pictures below to decide what will work best for your neees.  Call 616-336-4327 with any questions.


Need a quick option for a group or birthday party?  Purcahse our pre-made gift bag for $4.99.  Pictured below is our Big Roar Zoo Toy Bag perfect for school groups or birthday parties.  Comes with a coloring book, crayons, 2 packs of tattoos, 2 slinkies, 4 sticky toys, and a stationary set.

Need a smaller option with fewer items in it?  You can also get the Little Roar Zoo Toy Bag pictured below.  Purchase this bag for $2.50.  Comes with a pencil, stretchy reptile, and zoo bubbles.

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Outside Seasonal Gift Carts

Safari Supplies - Located at the front of the Zoo next to the statue of John Ball.

Stop by Safari Supplies to rent a Tiger Print Safari Stroller ($10), a Wagon with a Canopy ($10), a Wheelchair (Free, while supplies last), or an Amigo Electric Cart ($25).  These are rented out on a first come, first serve basis.  All rentals require an ID, $20 cash deposit (given back upon return), or keys to be held for the duration of the rental.  Safari Supplies also sells select gift items as well.  Stop by to take a look!

Face Painting - Located in the central part of the Zoo next to the Aquarium

Become one of your favorite animals for your visit to the Zoo.  Choose from either a cheek design or a full face design.  All of the paintings are done free hand by our talented face painting employees.  Choose between 12 different cheek designs and 12 different full face designs.  Please remember, artists' styles may vary.