John Ball Zoo

Shannon King


Shannon has been a John Ball Zookeeper for four years, but she was taking care of the stingrays and sharks for a few years before.   Back then the stingrays was a traveling exhibit owned by Living Exhibits.  She received her Bachelor in Animal Biology from GVSU!

Shannon hails from Marine City but currently lives in Grand Haven with her husband Tim and her two cats!  She is an avid crafter who quilts and sews! 

Her surprising ‘fun fact’?  She was a pre-school teacher before she became an animal care specialist.  

Posts by Shannon

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas....


 The John Ball Zoo has been busy getting ready for the annual ‘Christmas for the Animals’ event happening on December 6th from 10am – 3pm.   This is a super fun event when visitors get a visit with Santa and his reindeer, enjoy the work of an ice-sculptor,  and participate in some fun kid’s activities - BUT – it’s all FREE if you bring a donation of an animal enrichment item!   This is a great way visitors can help the animals celebrate Christmas!  

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Why is there a mop in with the Saki's? Because it is ENRICHMENT!

Animal enrichment is a way for keepers to encourage natural and healthy behaviors in our animals by providing a variety of mental and physical stimulation. In a zoo setting, it is very important to have enriching activities for the animals.

Animal Care In ZoosAnimal EnrichmentZookeeper Shannon King