John Ball Zoo

Support 125


John Ball Zoo is 125 years old this year. All of us at the Zoo invite you to join us in celebrating this milestone. Starting April 17, 2016 to August 19, 2016, we will host 125 Animal Birthdays! You can sponsor one of these days for $125*. By sponsoring an animal birthday, your name or company name can be acknowledged on our website and on a special sign inside the Zoo. You can also sponsor in honor or in memorial of someone special.

*Dates are not exclusive and are limited in availability. Specific animal birthdays cannot be guaranteed and "sponsorship" does not imply ownership, naming right, or exclusive privilege with regards to a specific animal at the Zoo. If you have any questions or would like exclusive sponsorship opportunities, please feel free to contact us at616-336-4301 ext 1002 or


In 2014, Kent County transferred the operation of the Zoo to John Ball Zoo, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation; 75% of the budget to operate the Zoo comes from earned revenue admissions, concessions, and your gifts. Our future is determined by the support that you provide. If you have any questions about other giving options or possibilities, please feel free to contact us.

Contact us:

Email: a completed 125 donation form to
Call: Krys (616)336-4374 or 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 125 donation form to (616)336-3907
Mail: a completed 125 donation form to John Ball Zoo PO Box 2506, Grand Rapids, MI 49501