John Ball Zoo

Animal Sponsorship: Animals! Animals!

Our Animals! Animals! program provides an opportunity for you to support our animals and our mission of inspiring people to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. We care for more than 2,500 animals representing more than 200 species. Your sponsorship will support animals at John Ball Zoo as well as animals around the world.

Want to learn more? Click here for more information on our sponsorship program.

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
$149.65 per year X 20 Flamingos
$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 1 Red Panda
$1,500 per year X 1 South American Tapir
$7,300 per year X 3 Tigers



  $25 $50 $75 $100 $500 $1,000
Animal Fact Sheet with Animal photo
Recognition on Zoo website
Zoo News quarterly magazine
Recognition on sign in Zoo
Recognition in Annual Report  
Free icecream treats  
Animal plush*  
Bird Show Tickets    
Free Zoo admissions      
Invitation to sneak peeks and close encounter experience        
Invitation to Donors' Reception        
Meet your sponsor animal care staff          
Exclusive recognition on exhibit sign near sponsored animal          

*If plush of a sponsored animal is not avaiable, another will be substituted. All sponsorships are valid for one year and are renewable. "Sponsorship" does not imply ownership, naming right, feeding, or exclusive privileges with regard to specified animal a the Zoo.

Please click here for more information about sponsorship benefits.

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 Animals! Animals! form to:
Call: (616)336-4301 ext 1002
Walk in: Stop in our administration office (Located just outside the entrance of the zoo) from 8 AM until 4:30 PM Monday through Friday
Fax: a completed Animals! Animals! form to: (616)336-3907
Mail: John Ball Zoo, PO Box 2506, Grand Rapids, MI, 49501