John Ball Zoo


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, a variety of reusable straws, Tree-Free products, pens made from recycled bottles, a wide variety of 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!


Gift Bags

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 a $20 cash/card deposit to be held for the duration of the rental and given back upon return. Credit/debit card deposits may take 3-4 business days to return. 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. 

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. If you see something you like here, make sure to pick it up, we may not sell the same things in the Gift Shop.