John Ball Zoo

Animal Sponsorship Program

Animals! Animals! is the Zoo’s 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.

$25 Sponsorship: Animal Fact Sheet / Photo, Certificate, Quarterly Zoo News Magazine and Recognition on Website and Sign inside the Zoo.

$50 Sponsorship: Includes all the benefits of $25, Plush *, Ice Cream Treat JBZ Coupon

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



  $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*  
Budgie Aviary feed stick     
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 available, 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