John Ball Zoo

Happy 125th Birthday, John Ball Zoo

During the past 125 years, millions and millions of people have enjoyed the animals, reconnected with nature, and made memories with family and friends. Can you even imagine how many people have taken a happy snap of their kids on the John Ball statue? How many school field trips to the Zoo?  How many family reunions? The Zoo is part of West Michigan's culture and history. We know it’s part of yours. 

Come and celebrate with us! Read the stories, see our photo albums, visit the Zoo and join the party!


Brenda Stringer
Institutional Advancement Director



Our stories of John Ball Zoo.

Event Calendar

Come and celebrate our 125th Birthday.



Thank you for supporting us!


Every picture tells a story.

Contact us:

Call: (616)336-4301
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: (616)336-3907
Mail: John Ball Zoo PO Box 2506, Grand Rapids, MI 49501