John Ball Zoo


Join us both Virtually and at the Zoo for WildLive Week!

In light of having to cancel our largest fundraiser of the year, RendeZoo, our generous sponsors have pledged to match up to $100,000 in donations through Monday, June 22nd.

Please join us online beginning Tuesday, June 16th, for WildLive Week! WildLive Week is a celebration of the Zoo which will boast animal birthdays, fun videos, community partnership announcements, and new ways to see the Zoo! We will conclude on Tuesday, June 23rd by announcing our matching gift campaign total.

Haven’t donated to the matching gift campaign yet? Double your donation by making a gift today in support of John Ball Zoo!

Donate now online and thank you for your support!  

​Make sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram so you don’t miss added content and special giveaways during WildLive Week!

Here is what we have in store for WildLive Week!

Tuesday, June 16th
Join the celebration LIVE on Facebook as we kick off the party with Maranda from WoodTV8! Learn about animal enrichment and more about what’s in store during WildLive Week!

Also, you're invited to a chimpanzee birthday party! We’re throwing a party for chimpanzee Sammy, who is turning 42 this year. 

We’ve also planned dinner for you and the whole family! We are excited to announce our partnership with Uccellos Ristorante! 15% of dinner sales (from June 16th - June 22nd) will be donated to the Zoo. Make sure to present the e-flyer, shared on Facebook every day for the partnership or download here.

Wednesday, June 17th
Join us as we say thank you to the generous sponsors who are making this matching gift campaign possible!

And once again, dinner is taken care of by Uccello’s Ristorante.

Thursday, June 18th
Some of our youngest supporters share meaningful messages and show that giving can come in big and small packages and that every dollar counts!

Kick back, relax, and know dinner is set thanks to Uccello’s Ristorante!

Friday, June 19th
There are many reasons to love the Zoo and we all have our own stories. Today’s featured video shares the memories and moments close to Zoo staff.

Haven’t enjoyed Uccello’s yet? There are only 4 more days to participate in our restaurant partnership! Remember 15% of sales go back to the Zoo and make sure to present the e-flyer!

Saturday, June 20th
Ever wonder how we feed all 2,000+ animals in our care? Well, you’re in for an amazing behind the scenes look at how their diets are prepared and managed. We invited Chef Jenna Arcidiacono, from Amore Trattoria Italiana, to come along and learn about how we create our animal recipes and prepare diets. Also, we challenged her to create a special enrichment dish for our Chimpanzee troop! Chef Jenna will help us deliver diets to a few of our habitats too.

Does all this talk of food have you hungry? Uccello’s Ristorante has you covered!

Sunday, June 21st
Wyatt the Red Panda is turning 8! We will host a birthday celebration for him and want you as our guest!

It’s also Father’s Day and what better way to celebrate than by ordering your favorite Uccello’s dish! They’ve got dinner done for you.

Monday, June 22nd
Final day to dine in or carry out at Uccello’s Ristorante! It’s an easy way to support the Zoo, with 15% of dinner sales donated back to JBZ!

It’s our final push for matching gifts! Double your donation now by making a gift to John Ball Zoo!

Tuesday, June 23rd
Join us again as we welcome Maranda from WoodTV8 back to announce our final matching gift campaign results!

We are so thankful that they have allowed us to use their gift in this way. Every dollar counts, now more than ever, and we are wildly grateful for them and for each of you who have chosen to support our Zoo.

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