Reciprocal List

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Reciprocal Zoo & Aquarium List

You can view the list below or one can be mailed upon request, please call: 616-336-4312.

The institutions listed below are free unless otherwise marked.

Calgary Zoo – 50%
Granby Zoo – 50%
Toronto Zoo – 50%
Assiniboine Park Zoo – 50%


Birmingham Zoo – 50%


Alaska SeaLife Center – 50%


Phoenix Zoo – 50%
SEA LIFE Aquarium – 50%
Reid Park Zoo – 50%


Little Rock Zoo -50%


Charles Paddock Zoo – 50%
Sequoia Park Zoo – 50%
Fresno Chaffee Zoo – 50%
Los Angeles Zoo – 50%
The Oakland Zoo – 50%
The Living Desert – 50%
Sacramento Zoo – 50%
Aquarium of the Bay – 50%
San Francisco Zoo – 50%
Happy Hollow Zoo – 50%
CuriOdyssey – 50%
Cabrillo Marine Aquarium
Santa Barbara Zoo – 50%


Pueblo Zoo – 50%


Beardsley Zoo -50%


Brandywine Zoo

District Of Columbia

Smithsonian National Zoological Park (Friends of the National Zoo)


Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo – 50%
Jacksonville Zoo – 50%
Brevard Zoo – 50%
Zoo Miami – 50%
SEA LIFE Orlando – 50%
Central Florida Zoo – 50%
Mote Marine Aquarium – 50%
Saint Augustine Alligator Farm – 50%
ZooTampa at Lowry Park – 50%
The Florida Aquarium – 50%
Palm Beach Zoo – 50%


Zoo Atlanta – 50%


Zoo Boise
Tautphaus Park Zoo


Miller Park Zoo
John G. Shedd Aquarium – 50%
Lincoln Park Zoo
Scovill Zoo – 50%
Peoria Zoo
Cosley Zoo


Mesker Park Zoo
Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo – 50%
Potawatomi Zoo – 50%


Blank Park Zoo – 50%
National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium – 50%


David Traylor Zoo of Emporia
Lee Richardson Zoo
Hutchinson Zoo

Sunset Zoo
Rolling Hills Zoo – 50%
Topeka Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo – 50%


Louisville Zoo – 50%


Alexandria Zoo


Maryland Zoo in Baltimore – 50%


Capron Park Zoo
Franklin Park Zoo – 50%
Museum of Science
Buttonwood Park Zoo
Stone Memorial Zoo – 50%


SEA Life Aquarium – 50%
Binder Park Zoo – 50%
Detroit Zoo – 50%
Potter Park Zoo
Saginaw Children’s Zoo


Minnesota Zoo – 50%
Lake Superior Zoo – 50%
Como Park Zoo


Endangered Wolf Center – 50%
Kansas City Zoo – 50%
SEA Life Kansas City – 50%
Saint Louis Zoo – 50% off
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Dickerson Park Zoo


ZooMontana Grizzly & Wolf Center – 50%
Nebraska Lincoln Children’s Zoo
Henry Doorly Zoo – 50%
Riverside Discovery Center – 50%


Lincoln Children’s Zoo
Henry Doorly Zoo – 50%
Riverside Discovery Center – 50%

New Jersey

Cape May County Park & Zoo
Bergen County Zoo
Turtle Back Zoo – 50%

New Mexico

Albuquerque BioPark – 50%

New York

Buffalo Zoo – 50%
Trevor Zoo
Aquarium of Niagara – 50%
Seneca Park Zoo – 50%
Staten Island Zoo
Rosamond Gifford Zoo at Burnet Park – 50%
Utica Zoo

North Carolina

North Carolina Zoo
Western North Carolina Nature Center
North Carolina Aquariums (at Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll, and Roanoke Island) – 50%
Museum of Life & Science – 50%
Greensboro Science Center

North Dakota

Dakota Zoo
Red River Zoo
Roosevelt Park Zoo


Akron Zoo – 50%
Cincinnati Zoo – 50%
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo – 50%
The Wilds – 50%
Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Columbus Zoo & Aquarium – 50%
The Toledo Zoo – 50%


Oklahoma City Zoo – 50%
Tulsa Zoo – 50%


Oregon Zoo – 50%
Wildlife Safari – 50%


ZOOAMERICA North American Wildlife Park
Elmwood Park Zoo – 50%
Philadelphia Zoo – 50%
National Aviary – 50%
Lehigh Valley Zoo

Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park Zoo – 50%

South Carolina

Riverbanks Zoo – 50%
Greenville Zoo – 50%

South Dakota

Great Plains Zoo & Delbridge Museum – 50%
Bramble Park Zoo


Chattanooga Zoo at Warner Park
Zoo Knoxville – 50%
Memphis Zoo – 50%
Nashville Zoo – 50%


Abilene Zoological Gardens
Gladys Porter Zoo
Texas State Aquarium – 50%
Dallas Zoo – 50%
El Paso Zoo – 50%
Fort Worth Zoo – 50%
Houston Zoo – 50%
Ellen Trout Zoo
San Antonio Zoo – 50%
Caldwell Zoo – 50%
Cameron Park Zoo – 50%


Utah’s Hogle Zoo – 50%
Tracy Aviary


Virginia Living Museum – 50%
Virginia Zoo – 50%
Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center – 50%


Woodland Park Zoo – 50%
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium – 50%

West Virginia

Oglebay’s Good Zoo


International Crane Foundation NEW Zoo – 50%
Henry Vilas Zoo
Milwaukee Co. Zoo
Racine Zoo – 50%

Zoos and aquariums may change their reciprocal policies at any time without notice. Please call ahead to verify reciprocity and determine the number of visitors you may bring.
Accredited by the American Zoo & Aquarium Association.


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Great Lakes Rare Turtles

Great Lakes Conservation

Turtles are in trouble around the world and locally. The Great Lakes Rare Turtle Program addresses on threats that are existential and widespread for Blanding’s, Spotted, Wood, and Box Turtles. The John Ball Zoo is working wth partners to study head starting as a conservation tool, protecting nesting habitat for Wood Turtles from raccoons, and researching the distribution and status of Spotted Turtles in Southwest Michigan. The zoo partners with local community scientists to indentify road crossings that pose a threat to Blanding’s and other species of turtles.


Poweshiek Skipperling

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Grassland, Wetlands (inland)

Threat Range

Critically Endangered


Extant (resident) - Canada (Manitoba); United States (Wisconsin, Michigan), Possibly Extinct - United States (South Dakota, North Dakota, Iowa), Extinct - United States (Indiana, Illinois)

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Mitchell's Satyr

Great Lakes Conservation

The prairie fens of southern Michigan are a stronghold for the Endangered Mitchell’s Satyr butterfly. We are working with Michigan State University, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Michigan Natural Features Inventory, and the Kalamazoo Nature Center to develp to propagate this rare butterfly. Offspring reared in the program may be used to supplement wild Mitchell’s Satyr populations.


Freshwater Mussels

Great Lakes Conservation

Freshwater Mussels are one of the most fastenating groups of animals. Unfortunately they are also one of the most imperiled groups on animals with more than 70% of North American species listed as Threatened or Endangered. Our own Grand River is home to an impressive 32 different species, 19 of which are listed. The John Ball Zoo is working with scientists at Grand Valley State University to evaluate Grand River Mussel populations. During the 2023 field season, the team documented over 1,000 individuals from 27 different species. This includes the Endangered Snuffbox Mussel.


Habitat Hero

Community Science

The Habitat Hero program is focused on creating better urban pollinator habitat by giving away native plants to west Michigan community members. By giving away native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, we are inviting community members to provide crucial nectar sources for pollinators as well as become more involved in pollinator conservation in their own yards and gardens.


Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

Community Science

American Kestrels are one of North America’s most abundant raptors, but their populations have been steadily declining since the mid 1960’s. This year we have begun participating in the American Kestrel Partnership, run by the Peregrine Fund, to monitor local kestrel nest boxes and help better understand Kestrel population trends and biology.


Grand River Sucker Monitoring

Community Science

Suckers are a very important, and often overlooked, group of migratory fish that inhabit the Grand River. Every spring they migrate upriver from Lake Michigan to spawn in tributaries of the Grand River. We are joining a project started by the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago to determine how changes in temperature and flow of the streams impact the spawning behavior of the suckers.


Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

Community Science

One of the major threats to turtle populations is mortality associated with roads and vehicles. We have a team of trained volunteers who survey predetermined road crossing sites and report the number of turtles they find at these locations. We plan to use the data to assist in conservation decision-making regarding roads and turtles in west Michigan.


Michigan Butterfly Network

Community Science

As part of our pollinator conservation work, we want to understand how native butterfly populations are changing over time. By training community members to use the Michigan Butterfly Network monitoring protocol, we are offering passionate people the opportunity to help contribute to our understanding of butterfly populations in west Michigan.


Bat Surveys

Community Science

West Michigan is home to several species of rare and threatened species of bats. This summer we will have a group of volunteers collecting bat occurrence data by driving predetermined routes and using special recorders and software to identify bat species. The data will be submitted to the North American Bat Monitoring Project as part of their ongoing analysis of bat abundance and occupancy across North America.


Massasauga Rattlesnake

Great Lakes Conservation

The Massasauga is Michigan’s only venomous snake and plays an important role in the ecosystem. Unfortunately, these snakes are declining in numbers and are listed as Threatened. The John Ball Zoo helps to educate the public on the plight of the Massasauga and helps conservation biologists study them in the field. Currently, we are assisting Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Grand Valley State University, and Sarett Nature Center develop new technologies to monitor this secretive snake species.


City Nature Challenge

Community Science

The City Nature Challenge is one of the world’s largest annual community science events. Started by iNaturalist in 2016 as a friendly competition between the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, this bioblitz has grown into a global phenomenon with over 500 cities participating. Taking place over the last weekend in April each year, the City Nature Challenge is all about getting outside and documenting the biodiversity in and around our communities while building and strengthening relationships with other people who are passionate about conserving local species. The West Michigan City Nature Challenge is Michigan’s only City Nature Challenge event, and encompasses Allegan, Barry, Kent and Ottawa Counties. We are excited to partner with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and many other local organizations to engage our communities in four days of exploring our biodiverse outdoor spaces.


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Freshwater Mussels

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Habitat Hero

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Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

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Grand River Sucker Monitoring

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Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

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Michigan Butterfly Network

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Bat Surveys

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Massasauga Rattlesnake

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City Nature Challenge

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