Katherine Whinery and other citizens pressure City to rebuild Zoo with help from the public. Kay was instrumental in the formation of the Zoo Society. She was on the first board and stayed on the board until her death in1998.
First community meeting to form Zoo Society was held.
Monkey Island Exhibit constructed. Aviary constructed.
John Ball Zoo Society was incorporated as non-profit and agreed to raise private funds to improve the Zoo.
Ben Pedigo was elected its first President.
City gives rights to concessions in park and zoo to the Zoo Society. Jack Loeks was hired to operate the facilities.
The Zoo grew and Fred Meyer added 52 species.
Waterfowl Exhibit constructed.
Raccoon Exhibit constructed.
John Ball Zoo Entry constructed
LV Eberhard elected Zoo Society President. LV was president until 1964 and remained active member of the Board until he passed away in 1991.
First children’s zoo opens, donated by LV.
Camels arrive at the Zoo.
New Spider monkeys arrive after two years of monkey revolt on Monkey Island.
Black bear cubs born.
Fred Meyer honored by AAZPA (now AZA)
Michigan Exhibits (Upper run) constructed.
Polar bears arrive.
Bison Exhibit constructed.
Sea Lion/Nutria arrive.
Conservatory (enclosed jungle) constructed.
Education Building constructed.
Ostrich Exhibit constructed.
Elephant Exhibit completed.
Jaguars added to the collection.
Zoella, the one and only elephant, arrives at the Zoo.
Hooved stock yards built.
Special Exhibits Building constructed next to Monkey Island.