John Ball Zoo

Thank you for supporting our mission of inspiring our community to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. Our animal sponsorship program: Animals! Animals!, formerly known as Footsteps to the Future, is essential to our conservation efforts! If we inadvertently missed your name or organization, please accept our apology and feel free to notify us - or 616-336-4301 ext 1002.

African Lion

Ron & Dianna Lyons
William Smith
Katelyn Ullrey
Brendan Rabb


Amur Tiger

Joey's Tavern Family
In memory of JoAnne L Eakins
Levi Fredricks
Michelle La Mora
Allan Koch
Annie Hester
Milestones Child Development Center
Eleen Collins
Molly Ullrey
Saranac Kindergarteners
Sophia Kole Kamp
Elaine Minnema
McShane & Bowie
Mark Taylor
Kim Boswell, Jim, Becca, & Ryan Chenoweth
Jeff & Kim Ridings


Bald Eagle

SoundOff Signal
Vivian Smith & Pennelope McGarvey
The Boland Family
Charles Bonnema
Tim & Helen Prindle
Johannah Jelks
Kara Duncan in memory of Uncle Ted
Richard and Susan Ilka
Alan Damiano
Julie Prather
McShane & Bowie


Chilean Flamingo

 The Cipra Family
Alicia Dennis
Beverly Jansma
Mary Gallagher-Eustice


Eastern Bongo

  • Megan Trujillo
    Hannah Werth
    Isabelle Kastenholz
    Jameson Boyle
    Paul & Hailey Jahn
    Peter & Diana D'Arienzo
    Samantha Albers
    The Wright Family
    Nancy King
    Chase VanBergen
    Matt & Lisa Rizzo


Grizzly Bear

Mark J. Biel
Lena & Julia Kole Kamp
McShane & Bowie

Magellanic Penguin

Calvin & Kendra VanOpstall
Nicole La Sotten

North American River Otter

Carter VanBergen
Christine Koch
McKenzie Golden
Brownie Troop 4720
In memory of Marianne Estella
Casey and Megan Mulder
Sunny Sjaarda
Robin Sorenson
Isabelle Kastenholz
Julie & Michael Welsh
McShane & Bowie
Alex & Anna Matusik
Michael & Christina Baur
Jill & Tyler Hennessey
Dorian Kosta


Red Panda

Linda DeJong
Cyndi Laird
Tori & Dan Power
Dr. June Hillelson
Elliott Kosta
Kay Romoslawski
Carter Van Bergen
Michael Brown
Lori Vogg
Brooks, Britt & Bryson Steketee


Ring-Tailed Lemur

In memory of Gayle Booth
Judy Mckay
Eliery Boyle


Snow Leopard

Linda DeJong
Allyson Phillips
Tegan & Dean Carmichael
Leslie & Tim Silvia
Mark Taylor
Carol Lobdell
Arianna Hineline in memory of Rebecca Bagge
Mrs. Kiss's 5th Grade Class 2016-2017
Brian S. Nylaan, D.D.S.
Grant & Anna Nysson
Abigail Briggs


Two-toed Sloth

  • Marilyn & Bill Crawford
    Isabelle Kastenholz
    Lisa & Lily Klaasen
    Shelby Toren
    Betty Chase
    Jerry Maul
    Veronica Chase
    In memory of Scot R. O'Connor
    Ashlyn Hosokawa
    Katherine Olson
    Andrea Jacobson
    Brooks, Britt & Bryson Steketee
    Tyler Hardy
    Brynn Bokhart
    Harper Faris
    Devin Bakay
    Carley & Michael Vosburg
    Tim & Helen Prindle
    Brooke Wilson
    Kyle Irwin
    Phyllis Rizzo
    Ken & Joyce Halter
    Vivian Idziak
    Anne Walberer
    Stella Grace Beard
    Cailyn TenHoeven




Other Animals

Bobcat - Carla Tuma
Capybara - Jim Emelander
Chimpanzee - Drew Wright
Chimpanzee - Whitehall Headstart
Goat - Joann Thompson
Macaw - Dave Kirby
Golden Eagle - Cornerstone University
Southern Ground Hornbill - Jana Pisani

Updated: 11/1/2017