John Ball Zoo

Special 125 Events

Public Celebration Week

Monday, August 15, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016

John Ball Zoo’s 125th Birthday Celebration Week is where we invite the community to celebrate John Ball Zoo’s 125th birthday. Special treats will be served daily at the zoo at designated times along with entertainment and daily animal birthday parties. This special week also includes our Members Night on August 16.



Download a copy of the 125 Community Week Schedule.


125 Animal Birthdays

Sunday, April 17, 2016 to Friday, August 19, 2016

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.

Support the Zoo by sponsoring an Animal Birthday.


RendeZoo 2016 - Let Them Eat Cake

Friday, June 10, 2016

RendeZoo is John Ball Zoo’s single largest fundraising event. It’s a casual, outdoor, zoo party that draws a crowd of about 700 guests. Thanks to all out sponsors, donors and guests that made RendeZoo 2016 – Let Them Eat Cake a success. 

More information about RendeZoo.












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Contact us:

Email: a completed 125 donation form to
Call: Fran (616)336-3036 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