John Ball Zoo

Traveling Zoo

    Presentation Style Travel Zoos

    Enjoy an up-close encounter with live zoo animals in the comfort of your own classroom of facility. Presentations work great for classrooms, scout meetings, retirement communities, and libraries. Presentations are typically between 30 and 45 minutes in length. Animals are presented one at a time. Topics vary depending on age of audience (from preschool to adult). We can customize a program for you or you can choose from one of our core education topics.

    *March is Reading Month special Travel Zoo opportunity for March is Reading Month


    Meet and Greet Station Travel Zoos

    A Meet and Greet Station offers a more informal interaction with ambassador animals. Encounters offer a few minutes in which to engage with our instructors and/or Docents as guests learn about the animal and may even have an opportunity to touch an animal! This type of program works well if your event or facility has a large audience that may not be suited for sitting and listening to a long presentation. Typically, one or two animals are strolling at a time for approximately 45 minutes each. Meet and Greet programs are scheduled by the hour for up to 2 hours at a time. Meet and Greet Travel Zoos work well for retirement communities, community fairs/events, and larger corporate events. 


    2022 Pricing: Program fees are $100 plus an additional $1.00 per mile traveling fee (includes mileage and staffing cost) and $60 for each additional consecutive program on the same day. 


    COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo requires all program participants to wear a mask indoors while onsite at the Zoo. When visiting your school/organization, participants are asked to follow any/all guidelines set by the facility. John Ball Zoo staff will be following guidelines set forth by the zoo in regards to their own masking and social distancing. Guidelines may be in place for specific ambassador animals that require social distancing and/or masking, if so, zoo staff will share these ahead of time. 


    Please direct questions to or 616-336-4302