Gifts of the Wild
Eco-Friendly and Fair Trade
You will find hand-crafted authentic African items made by the tribesman of Kenya. We have marble seas turtles and other sculptures hand carved in Ecuador, proceeds go to help save the Sea Turtles.
Some examples of Eco-Friendly items for 2020 include: T-Shirts and Sweatshirts made from recycled bottles, wood stickers, variety of reusable straws, Tree-Free products, pens made from recycled bottles, wide variety or reusable bags, and plush filled with plastic bottles. Stop in to see how you can help conserve and use products that do not harm the earth or animals.
Don't pollute our lakes and rivers! Gifts of the Wild sells Zinc free sunscreen. As the animals would say, "We don't pee in your pool, please don't Zinc in our oceans, lakes, and rivers!" - Tropical Seas
T-Shirts and Apparel
We have T-Shirts for everyone in the family. From Adult all the way down to infant. We have a huge variety of styles and colors to choose from. Support your zoo by taking home one of these shirts. Want something other than a t-shirt? Need something cozy - take home one of our hooded sweatshirts or our popular Baja Jackets.
John Ball Zoo Souvenirs
Pens, and mugs, and shot glasses, oh my!! We have everything that you can think of collecting that has our “John Ball Zoo” name on it. Looking for a way to remember your trip? Check out the patches, pins, Christmas Ornaments, key chains and everything else we could think of to put our name on.
Toys and Stuffed Animals
Need another fluffy friend? Check out our Wedding Cake looking “Plush Stage” filled with every critter you could ever imagine! From Opposums to Giraffes, we have it all. Does your child have another school project? Diorama perhaps? Come in and find your little plastic animal replicas here! We have 36 different themed “toobs”, and a huge variety of individual animal replicas.
Gift Bags are perfect for school groups, group outings, or even birthday parties. We have two options to choose from to make your shopping for large groups super easy! Please order gift bags at least 7 days in advance to ensure we have items in stock. Items may be substituted based on availability. Please refer to the descriptions and pictures below to decide what will work best for your needs. Order online now or call 616-336-4327 with any questions.
Need a quick option for a group or birthday party? Purchase our pre-made gift bag for $4.99. Pictured below is our Big Roar Zoo Toy Bag perfect for school groups or birthday parties. It comes with a coloring book, crayons, 2 packs of tattoos, 2 slinkies, 4 sticky toys, and a stationary set.
Need a smaller option with fewer items in it? You can also get the Little Roar Zoo Toy Bag pictured below. Purchase this bag for $2.50. Comes with a pencil, stretchy reptile, and zoo bubbles.
Outside Seasonal Gift Carts
Safari Supplies - Located at the front of the Zoo next to the restrooms.
Stop by Safari Supplies to rent a Tiger Print Safari Stroller ($12), a Wagon with a Canopy ($12), a Wheelchair (Free, while supplies last), or an Amigo Electric Cart ($30). These are rented out on a first-come, first-serve basis. All rentals require an ID or $25 cash deposit (given back upon return) to be held for the duration of the rental. Safari Supplies also sells select gift items as well. Stop by to take a look!
Face Painting - Located in the central part of the Zoo next to the Aquarium. (Closed until further notice)
Become one of your favorite animals for your visit to the Zoo. Choose from either a cheek design or a full face design. All of the paintings are done freehand by our talented face painting employees. Choose between 9 different cheek designs and 9 different full face designs. Please remember, artists' styles may vary.
John Ball Zoo Gem Company - Located by the Petting Zoo.
Pan for your very own gems in our brand new Sluice! Choose from 3 different Gem Bags and then pour them into your screen to reveal your treasures. We have the Pay Dirt bag for $8.99 that comes with 6 ounces of Gemstone Mix, the Emerald Strike Bag for $14.99 that has 6 ounces of Gemstones and 3 ounces of emeralds, and the Motherlode Bag for $29.99! This bag comes with a little bit of everything including; Gemstone mix, Fossil Mix, Shark Teeth, Arrowheads, and a large piece of Amethyst Druzy. Stop by to explore and see what treasures you can find.
Red Panda Pit Stop - Located on the deck by the Red Panda Habitat
After you stop to say hi to Wyatt and Wasabi, take home a souvenir of your favorite Red Pandas! We have a selection of plush, toys, souvenirs, and other fun items. This stand will also be selling select Tiger themed items for 2020. If you see something you like here, make sure to pick it up, we may not sell the same things in the Gift Shop.
Brick Store - Exclusive for 2020! - Located on your way back to the Petting Zoo by Frogs and Friends
After you have taken a tour of the Bricks Live Exhibit for 2020, make sure you stop by our Brick Store to purchase your very own bricks to take home. You never know what animal themed bricks you will find to take home and build. We do have some of the brick sets that are compatible with other sets. Make sure to stop by this brick tent because it will have the biggest variety of brick selection in the Zoo.