John Ball Zoo

Animal ICU Matching Gift Challenge

The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) has awarded John Ball Zoo a special matching gift challenge grant - in the amount of $77,000 - to help us make game-changing improvements to our veterinary hospital! Any gift you send to John Ball Zoo before December 31 will be matched dollar-for- dollar and be worth DOUBLE. The combined total, including the match from MCACA, will provide $154,000 to make important animal care and veterinary advances for our zoo. 



Led by Dr. Ryan Colburn, John Ball Zoo has the hardest working, smartest and most compassionate veterinary staff around. Just think what they will be able to do for our animals with these improved tools and equipment! John Ball Zoo is proud to have earned this challenge grant. It is a unique opportunity to advance the level of care we provide for our animals. We need your help to make this a reality:

Create a dedicated Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to provide top level care for our animals when they need it most
Make important enhancements and updates for the examination room and surgical suite
Increase our ability to engage in and contribute to veterinary medical research

Learn more about the IMPACT OF YOUR GIFT.


“Let’s not miss this chance. Please join me and make a gift today when every gift will have double the impact! Thank you for sending what you can to help. And thank you always for all that you do to support John Ball Zoo.” - Peter D’Arenzio, CEO


John Ball Zoo, tax identification number 38-6076879, is an I.R.C. Section 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation committed to the advancement of public education on the need for wildlife conservation and preservation. John Ball Zoo inspires our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. More ways to support the Zoo, and information including our Financial Audit, Annual Report, 990, etc. 


Call: Development Department 616-336-3309
Mail: John Ball Zoo PO Box 2506, Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Fax: (616)336-3907
Walk in: Administration Office
              1300 W Fulton St Grand Rapids, MI 49504
              8 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday