John Ball Zoo

Wish List 

What is Animal Enrichment?

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.

What Can You Do?

Keeping our animals engaged and active each and every day requires an assortment and a large quantity of items. Consider donating an enrichment item from our enrichment item wishlist. Please click here to find our Gift-In-Kind Form as your donation to John Ball Zoo is tax deductible for the value of the items you donate. Check out enrichment in action during our annual Christmas for the Animals event! Donations are appreciated throughout the year and may be brought to the Zoo's administrative office Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Other Ways to Give:

You may also order enrichment items directly from our wishlist on Amazon or donate a portion of your purchase amount through AmazonSmile.


Contact us:

Email: a completed Gift-In-Kind Form to
Call: Lisa (616)336-4301 ext 1002
Walk in: Administration Office located just outside the entrance of the zoo 
1300 W Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49504 8am until 4:30pm Monday through Friday
Fax: a completed Gift-In-Kind Form to (616)336-3907
Mail: a completed Gift-In-Kind Form to John Ball Zoo PO Box 2506, Grand Rapids, MI 49501