ADOPT stands for “Animals Depend On People Too.” By sponsoring an animal, you help feed and care for one of the more than 2,400 animals that call John Ball Zoo home. A portion of your contribution through this program also goes to support wildlife conservation in the Great Lakes region and around the world.

Yes! An Animal Sponsorship is a great gift for any occasion. Simply enter the individual’s name in the “name for recognition materials” section when purchasing a sponsorship.

We care for more than 2,200 animals representing more than 200 species. Your contribution helps fund the care and feeding of the animals here at John Ball Zoo, as well as supporting wildlife conservation both in the Great Lakes region and around the world.

Animal sponsorships are available for animals not listed, however, the benefits materials outlined in this page are specific to the listed selection of animals. If you choose to sponsor an animal not listed, you will not be eligible for animal-specific benefits.

Sponsor benefits will be shipped via USPS. Shortly after your payment has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email detailing your shipping information. If any of the shipping details in the email are incorrect, please contact Seth Montague at [email protected] or call 616.336.3309.

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2023 Animal Sponsorship Levels

$1500 Level

$1000 Level

$500 Level

$250 Level

$100 Level

$50 Level

$150 Group Sponsorship


Can't get enough of the Zoo? join Conservation Circle!

For a gift of $500, you can join Conservation Circle! Conservation Circle is a group of donors whose annual gifts totaling $500 or more helps to ensure the sustainability of John Ball Zoo’s core values and community. In appreciation of their giving, Conservation Circle donors have access to exclusive special events, early Zoo Camp registration, exclusive digital behind-the-scenes, and much more! 

To learn more about Conservation Circle, please contact:
Gina Schulz, Chief Advancement Officer
[email protected]
616.336.3309 x4927.


Conservation Circle Donor Levels

All levels of Conservation Circle donors receive exclusive benefits including special Zoo communications, personal staff concierge, priority Zoo Camp registration, and onsite recognition at the Zoo.

$500 - 999

All of the benefits listed above, plus:

Guardian: $1,000 -2,499

All of the benefits listed above, plus:

Scientist: $2,500 - 4,999

All of the benefits listed above, plus:

Explorer: $5,000 - 9,999

All of the benefits listed above, plus:

Adventurer: $10,000 - 24,999

All of the benefits listed above, plus:

$25,000 +

All of the benefits listed above, plus: