John Ball Zoo

Animal Sponsorship Program

By sponsoring an animal, you not only help in the care and feeding of our animals at John Ball Zoo, but also support conservation programs near and far. We care for more than 2,200 animals representing more than 200 species. A portion of your contribution through this program supports wildlife conservation projects in Michigan and worldwide through our Wildlife Conservation Fund.

Did you know it costs over $145,000 just to feed our animals every year?

$784 per year X 2 Bald Eagles
$4,200 per year X 2 Bears
$1,170 X Capybara
$5,177 per year X 4 Lions
$1,000 per year X 2 Otters
$757 per year X 31 Penguins
$3,500 per year X 2 Red Panda
$1,500 per year X 1 S. American Tapir
$7,300 per year X 3 Tigers





Eco-Friendly Option:

When registering for sponsoring an animal, you may choose our Eco-friendly option! You would then receive some of the benefits as a digital package sent via email and the other items can be picked up at the Zoo's administrative office on your next visit! If you do not choose the eco-friendly option, the benefits will be mailed free of charge.

Contact us:

Email: a completed Animal Sponsorship form. to:
Call: (616)336-4301 ext 1016
Walk in: Stop by our guest service building (Located just outside of the zoo gates) from 8 AM until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
Fax: a completed Animal Sponsorship form. to: (616)336-3907
Mail: John Ball Zoo, 1300 W Fulton St, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504