John Ball Zoo

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.


Our Animal Sponsorship program is currently being reimagined. The available animal sponsorship opportunities are listed below. Stay tuned for updates. Please note for the remainder of the 2021 season, exhibit signs for our River Otters, Red Pandas, and Snowy Owls are at capacity. The ability to sponsor them is still available. If you have any questions, please email

Can't get enough of the Zoo? 

For a gift of $500, you can join Conservation Circle! Conservation Circle is a group of donors whose annual gifts totaling $500 or more helps to ensure the sustainability of John Ball Zoo's core values and community. In appreciation of their giving, Conservation Circle donors have access to exclusive special events, early Zoo Camp registration, exclusive digital behind-the-scenes, and much more! To make a gift or learn more, please visit

Did you know it costs over $145,000 just to feed our animals every year? Your generous support makes this possible!

Sponsorship Levels

$50 Digital Level
Message from sponsored animal's area keeper
Photo of the sponsored animal
Digital certificate
Zoo News subscription

$100 Level
Message from sponsored animal's area keeper
Photo of the sponsored animal
Zoo News Subscription
John Ball Zoo $20 Gift Card
Name recognition on Animal Sponsorship webpage 

Animal sponsorships must be purchased by midnight on Friday, December 17 to ensure delivery by December 25 (applicable to both the $50 and $100 levels).




Contact us:

Call: (616) 336-3309
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
Mail: John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49504