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.


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

Did you know it costs over $145,000 just to feed our animals every year?

$784 per year X 2 Bald Eagles
$4,200 per year X 2 Bears
$1,170 X 1 Capybara
$5,177 per year X 4 Lions
$1,000 per year X 2 Otters
$757 per year X 31 Penguins
$3,500 per year X 1 Red Panda
$1,500 per year X 1 S. American Tapir
$7,300 per year X 3 Tigers





  $50 $100 $250 $500 $1,000
Animal Fact Sheet
Treat Coupon
Recognition in ZooNews, Sign in Zoo, and on Website
Wood Sticker/Decal  
Reusable Tote Bag    
Invitation to Donor Night    
Meet your Keeper      
Personalized Sign at Habitat for 1 Year        

*If plush of a sponsored animal is not available, another will be substituted. All sponsorships are valid for one year and are renewable. "Sponsorship" does not imply ownership, naming right, feeding, or exclusive privileges with regard to specified animal a the Zoo.


Eco-Friendly Option:

When registering for sponsoring an animal, you may choose our Eco-friendly option! You would then receive some of the benefits as a digital package sent via email and the other items can be picked up at the Zoo's administrative office on your next visit! If you do not choose the eco-friendly option, the benefits will be mailed free of charge.

Contact us:

Email: a completed Animal Sponsorship form to:
Call: (616)336-4301 ext 1016
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
Fax: a completed Animal Sponsorship form to: (616) 336-3907
Mail: John Ball Zoo, 1300 W. Fulton St. Grand Rapids, MI 49504