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Crawford Tigers of the Realm - Come meet the newest Residents of John Ball Zoo!



Brother to Yuri
3 years old
Weighs about 450 pounds


9 years old
Gave birth to 3 cubs at her previous zoo


Brother to Kuza
3 years old
Weighs about 450 pounds


Two for Tuesdays

June 17, July 15, and August 19

The Zoo stays open until 8:00 pm

And from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm get 2 for 1 admission!

Summer Camp

John Ball Zoo Summer Camp is a unique, hands-on learning experience that is both fun and educational for children ages 3 years to those entering 9th grade!

Registration Dates:
Members only beginning on 3/24
Non-Members beginning on 3/31

More details.



Christmas for the Animals

The Forever Fund, established December 2013, celebrates the past accomplishment of the John Ball Zoo Society as it supported John Ball Zoo for over 60 years AND plants the seed for the Zoo's continued greatness. The Forever Fund is dedicated to funding the Zoo's greatest needs and making the greatest impact. No gift is too large or too small. Become a founding member of the Forever Fund donor family by making a gift before 12/31/13. Memorial and commemorative gifts are welcome. Learn more here

Donate online - it's easy



Media Featuring John Ball Zoo

Membership TV Ad.
"Training Their Dragons", by Central Michigan film student Sonya Petrakovitz.
Winter Journal Archive
"Walk Through Wednesdays", winter '09-'10 video clips.
"Lion enrichment", 2009 Zoo Goes Boo.
"An Inside Look at John Ball Zoo" with Brenda Stringer, Executive Director, John Ball Zoo Society.
Video tour of John Ball Zoo, featuring then Zoo Director Bert Vescolani and produced by Grand Rapids Press.
Chimp Clip, produced by Grand Rapids Community Media Center.
Black footed kittens - small but mighty.
Flickr has a John Ball Zoo Group Pool. Enjoy photos of other visitors.