EXPERIENCES

BEHIND THE SCENES

EXPERIENCES

Sneak A Peek

Join us for a sneak peek behind-the-scenes of the habitats that guests see everyday. You and up to 15 other people will join zoo staff for a behind-the-scenes tour of one of the areas listed below to see where the animals spend their time while not on exhibit and learn how much goes into caring for the animals at the zoo.
Available 7 days a week Learn how we keep an aquarium up and running for the fish, penguins, sharks, and marine invertebrates that you see in the habitats. You will also have an opportunity to touch a sea star and an urchin while behind the scenes. Upgrade one person from your group to get the chance to feed the penguins on exhibit with the Close Encounter Penguin Program!
Available Monday, Wednesday, or Thursday, at 1 pm.  See where the bongos, warthogs, and hornbills of the African Veldt spend their time when they are not out in the habitat and get a sneak peek of the habitat from the animal’s view.
Minimum Age: 6 years of age. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult. Maximum # per Program: 16 people. One adult cannot be responsible for more than two children 12 and under. Program Time: 30-45 minutes Price: $15 per person for Members   $25 per person for Non-Members. A minimum of 4 people is needed to run these tours. Admission is included. COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo may require participants to mask and/or wear gloves during certain experiences. Advance registration required. Footwear that fully encloses the foot is required – no sandals, flip-flops or similar footwear. No photos can be taken behind the scenes. Sorry, these tours are not ADA Accessible.  Questions? Call 616-336-4302   or   Email  education@jbzoo.org
EXPERIENCES

Close Encounters

Have you ever wanted to feed a bear or penguin or see a chimp training session? How about holding an owl or a snake? Join our keepers for one of these unique experiences listed below.

Prices and requirements vary per program.  Admission is included in price.

Advance registration is required. Footwear that fully encloses the foot is required – no sandals, flip-flops, or similar footwear. No photos can be taken behind the scenes.  Sorry, these encounters are not ADA accessible.

Many experiences are available year-round- time and date restrictions apply. Please call (616) 336-4302 for available dates.

COVID-19 Guidelines: John Ball Zoo may require participants to wear a mask and/or wear gloves during certain experiences.

All encounters are subject to availability and animal consideration.

Questions? Call 616-336-4302 Email education@jbzoo.org

Red Panda Encounter

Penguin Feeding

Penguin Encounter

Chimpanzee Encounter

Brown Bear Encounter

Ambassador Animal Encounter