John Ball Zoo inspires people to be active participants in the conservation of wildlife and our natural environment. Here at John Ball Zoo, we house 1,500 animals and serve a diverse audience of over 500,000 visitors annually. It is one of four Michigan zoos accredited by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA). As an accredited Zoo, John Ball Zoo is measured against the established standards and best practices in animal husbandry, conservation, sustainability, education, business, and more. As an AZA member, the Zoo participates in over 34 cooperative breeding programs and Species Survival Plans (SSP) throughout the Zoo community. These programs are managed globally by the AZA to reinforce animal populations in zoos and in the wild in hopes of keeping bloodline pure for future reintroduction. John Ball Zoo offers financial support to conservation projects both locally and around the world through monies earned through their animal adoption program and supports field projects by providing animal specialist time and knowledge.
The Zoo is building a plan aimed to both educate and challenge ourselves and our community partners about waste management, in hopes of achieving zero-waste in the years to come. Since launching a water conservation plan in 2002, we saved 615-million gallons of water and cut usage by over two-thirds. Green roofs have been added on four buildings, several ‘live’ walls have been installed, and over 150 new trees have been planted in the last 8 years. At John Ball Zoo we are Actively Conserving and Always Celebrating.
John Ball Zoo
1300 W. Fulton
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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