John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo's Historical Timeline: 2001 to 2009

 

2001

Peter and Pat Cook Mokomboso Valley Chimpanzee Exhibit opens.

The Master Plan was reviewed and revised in 2000-2001 and was approved by the County Commission in December. 

A local philanthropist, Fred Meijer, offered the Zoo 150 acres of land and a monetary pledge for a new wildlife park. This was explored and a vote of the citizens of Kent County in August of 2004 determined that the majority of the voters wanted the Zoo to continue to grow at its present location.

2002

In June, Zoo Director, John Lewis, resigns to take Director position at LA Zoo and Brenda Stringer, Executive Director of the Zoo Society, was named Interim Zoo Director.

2003

Moon Jellies Exhibit opens.

2004

Komodo Dragon Exhibit opens in the "Year of the Dragon" as a trail behind the aquarium for “dragons”. The Komodo Dragon received from National Zoo was one of the dragons born in first clutch hatched in USA.

New Vision for John Ball Zoo presented to Commission and approved.

Far Side Trail opens with walk through wallabies and budgies.

2006

Stingray Lagoon opens.

2007

First zip line in a Zoo anywhere opens.

2008

BISSELL Lions of Lake Manyara opens.

2009

Renovation of Spider Monkey Island completed.

Zoo closes for the first time in the winter.

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