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John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to the advancement of public education on the need for wildlife conservation and preservation. On January 1, 2014 Kent County, owner of the Zoo, and the John Ball Zoo Society unified their respective operations at the Zoo to create John Ball Zoo. A long term management agreement is in effect that allows non-profit management with continued ownership by Kent County.

 

Mission

John Ball Zoo inspires our community to be actively engaged in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment.

 

Impact

 

• Located in a 103 acre park and occupies approximately 31 acres

• 4th most attended cultural facility in Michigan

• 500,000 visitors annually

• 700,000 people reached annually with wildlife and conservation messages

• Over 213 species and over 2,220 individual animals are care for daily

• Participates in 34 Species Survival Plans & 39 taxon advisory groups

• $40,000,000 annual economic impact

• Over 48,000 economically disadvantaged children and adults in Kent and Ottawa counties provided free Zoo admission through our JUMP program

 

Over its 126 year history, John Ball Zoo has been fortunate to have many notable supporters who have fueled the growth and development that have made our Zoo one of West Michigan's most iconic institutions. This year John Ball Zoo is pleased to establish a special tradition - Legends of the Zoo dinner - to recognize and celebrate the individuals who have help make the Zoo such a cherished place. In this inaugural year, we are especially proud to honor Bea Idema and David Frey.

 

 

 

Animals! Animals! is the Zoo’s 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.

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