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Your gift makes a difference at John Ball Zoo. It contributes to the Zoo's ability to provide first-rate animal care along with a first-class visitor experience. Gifts of any size are welcomed and may be made in memory of or to honor a special someone.
Click here to donate online

Year End Appeal 2014

John Ball Zoo works each day to make the Zoo a place that inspires our visitors through a rich cultural experience –one that explores the beauty of our natural world. 2014 is stacking up to be a great year for the Zoo:

• Opening the Crawford Tigers of the Realm Exhibit with three majestic tigers
• Recording-setting number of visitors
• Successful transition to a single non-profit management organization
• Master planning for the NEXT phase of awe-inspiring improvements at John Ball Zoo

Without support from YOU, our generous donors and dedicated volunteers, none of this would be possible. Your support of our 2014 year-end appeal is essential to Zoo future success. A year-end donation assists with the costs of operating the Zoo and makes it possible for JBZ to continue to inspire our visitors and our community. Your year-end gift helps the Zoo in all areas, including essential things like animal food ($150,000 annually) and equipment needs in the animal hospital ($26,000).

Some donors make gifts of $500; others, $250, and still others $100. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of a gift to John Ball Zoo.
Whether you have donated to John Ball Zoo for years or are considering a first time gift – know that your generosity inspires us!

Click here to donate online to the 2014 year end appeal

Footsteps Animal Sponsorship

Get involved in conservation! John Ball Zoo's Footsteps to the Future animal sponsorship program supports wildlife conservation around the world and in our own backyards through the Wildlife Conservation Fund. Learn more…

Wish List – Animal Enrichment

Keeping our animals engaged and active each and every day requires an assortment and quantity of items. Click here to learn more about animal enrichment and to view the "wish list".

Check out our "wish list" at Amazon.com. It includes other items that the Zoo needs in addition to animal enrichment.

JUMP Program

JUMP provides free Zoo admission to families in Kent and Ottawa Counties who quality for free or partially-free Federal hot lunch. The Zoo works with both Kent and Ottawa County Intermediate School Districts to distribute JUMP passes which provide Zoo admission for up to five per pass. During the 2014 Zoo season over 36,000 visitors came to the Zoo on JUMP passes. John Ball Zoo values accessibility and through the JUMP program ensures families in West Michigan can explore our natural world and enjoy a socially and culturally rich zoo visit, regardless of income.
Click here to learn more or make a donation.

Donate by Mail

Your check should be made payable to John Ball Zoo and mailed to:
John Ball Zoo
Attn: Fran Miller
PO Box 2506
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2506

(Use this form for mail or fax donations)