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Friday, June 21, 2024

TODAY'S NOTES
  • HEAT ADVISORY | We are currently under a heat advisory. The Zoo will remain open. Animals will be given access to their indoor habitats and may not be visible if they choose to go indoors.
  • NEW ZOO ADVENTURE! Wild Explorer virtual reality experience now open! 
  • NEW ARRIVALS:
    – Canada lynxes, Becca & Thor, are the proud parents of 3 new kits. Becca and her kits will be behind the scenes as she cares for her new offspring. Stop by and congratulate Thor!
    – Welcome Quigley our new river otter friend from ZooTampa.
    – Three new penguin chicks have joined our JBZ family!
  • HABITAT UPDATE: The warthog habitat is currently under construction.
  • Funicular closed today for maintenance.
  • Zoo Adventures are weather dependent and open times may vary.
DAILY ANIMAL PROGRAMS

Choose the day of your visit below for that day’s schedule.
*Daily Animal Programs are weather and animal dependent. Schedules may vary. Click here for program details.

PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
Chimp Feeding 9:15 AM Africa
Meerkat & Cape Porcupine Training 10 AM Africa
Penguin Feeding 10:30 AM Aquarium
North America Porcupine Feeding 11:15 AM Americas
Creature Feature 11:30 AM Americas | Central Stage
Bear Feeding 12 PM Americas
Creature Feature 12:30 PM Americas | Central Stage
Animal Meet & Greet 12:30 PM Wild Way Trail | Asian Aviary
Animal Meet & Greet 12:45 PM Americas | Central Stage
Chimp Feeding 1 PM Africa
Penguin Feeding 3 PM Aquarium
Spider Monkey Feeding 3:15 PM Americas | Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat
Ambassador Pavilion Program 4 PM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
Chimp Feeding 9:15 AM Africa
Meerkat Training 10 AM Africa
Ambassador Pavilion Program 10 AM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 10:30 AM Aquarium
North America Porcupine Feeding 11:15 AM Americas
Creature Feature 11:30 AM Americas | Central Stage
Bear Feeding 12 PM Americas
Creature Feature 12:30 PM Americas | Central Stage
Animal Meet & Greet 12:30 PM Wild Way Trail | Asian Aviary
Animal Meet & Greet 12:45 PM Americas | Central Stage
Chimp Feeding 2 PM Africa
Pygmy Hippo Keeper Chat 2:30 PM Pygmy Hippo Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 3 PM Aquarium
Spider Monkey Feeding 3:15 PM Americas | Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat
Ambassador Pavilion Program 4 PM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
Chimp Feeding 9:15 AM Africa
Meerkat Training 10 AM Africa
Ambassador Pavilion Program 10 AM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 10:30 AM Aquarium
North America Porcupine Feeding 11:15 AM Americas
Creature Feature 11:30 AM Americas | Central Stage
Bear Feeding 12 PM Americas
Creature Feature 12:30 PM Americas | Central Stage
Animal Meet & Greet 12:30 PM Wild Way Trail | Asian Aviary
Animal Meet & Greet 12:45 PM Americas | Central Stage
Chimp Feeding 1 PM Africa
Penguin Feeding 3 PM Aquarium
Spider Monkey Feeding 3:15 PM Americas | Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat
Ambassador Pavilion Program 4 PM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
Chimp Feeding 9:15 AM Africa
Meerkat & Cape Porcupine Training 10 AM Africa
Ambassador Pavilion Program 10 AM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 10:30 AM Aquarium
North America Porcupine Feeding 11:15 AM Americas
Creature Feature 11:30 AM Americas | Central Stage
Bear Feeding 12 PM Americas
Creature Feature 12:30 PM Americas | Central Stage
Animal Meet & Greet 12:30 PM Wild Way Trail | Asian Aviary
Animal Meet & Greet 12:45 PM Americas | Central Stage
Chimp Feeding 2 PM Africa
Pygmy Hippo Keeper Chat 2:30 PM Pygmy Hippo Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 3 PM Aquarium
Spider Monkey Feeding 3:15 PM Americas | Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat
Ambassador Pavilion Program 4 PM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
Chimp Feeding 9:15 AM Africa
Meerkat Training 10 AM Africa
Ambassador Pavilion Program 10 AM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 10:30 AM Aquarium
North America Porcupine Feeding 11:15 AM Americas
Creature Feature 11:30 AM Americas | Central Stage
Bear Feeding 12 PM Americas
Creature Feature 12:30 PM Americas | Central Stage
Animal Meet & Greet 12:30 PM Wild Way Trail | Asian Aviary
Animal Meet & Greet 12:45 PM Americas | Central Stage
Chimp Feeding 1 PM Africa
Penguin Feeding 3 PM Aquarium
Spider Monkey Feeding 3:15 PM Americas | Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat
Ambassador Pavilion Program 4 PM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
Chimp Feeding 9:15 AM Africa
Meerkat Training 10 AM Africa
Ambassador Pavilion Program 10 AM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 10:30 AM Aquarium
North America Porcupine Feeding 11:15 AM Americas
Creature Feature 11:30 AM Americas | Central Stage
Bear Feeding 12 PM Americas
Creature Feature 12:30 PM Americas | Central Stage
Animal Meet & Greet 12:30 PM Wild Way Trail | Asian Aviary
Animal Meet & Greet 12:45 PM Americas | Central Stage
Chimp Feeding 2 PM Africa
Pygmy Hippo Keeper Chat 2:30 PM Pygmy Hippo Pavilion
Penguin Feeding 3 PM Aquarium
Spider Monkey Feeding 3:15 PM Americas | Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat
Ambassador Pavilion Program 4 PM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
PROGRAM TIME LOCATION
Chimp Feeding 9:15 AM Africa
Meerkat & Cape Porcupine Training 10 AM Africa
Penguin Feeding 10:30 AM Aquarium
North America Porcupine Feeding 11:15 AM Americas
Creature Feature 11:30 AM Americas | Central Stage
Bear Feeding 12 PM Americas
Creature Feature 12:30 PM Americas | Central Stage
Animal Meet & Greet 12:30 PM Wild Way Trail | Asian Aviary
Animal Meet & Greet 12:45 PM Americas | Central Stage
Chimp Feeding 1 PM Africa
Penguin Feeding 3 PM Aquarium
Spider Monkey Feeding 3:15 PM Americas | Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat
Ambassador Pavilion Program 4 PM Wild Way Trail | Ambassador Pavilion
TICKETS

Did you know that you can skip the line for tickets?

Purchase your tickets online or have your membership card ready and go straight to the entrance gate!

*The gate stops admitting visitors 30 minutes prior to Zoo closing time. 

We recommend purchasing your tickets online prior to arrival. This will make your entry quicker and easier by not having to visit the ticket window first to purchase a ticket before entering the Zoo.

Thank you for supporting John Ball Zoo. We look forward to your visit!

If you are looking for a time or day of the week with historically fewer visitors, we recommend weekdays or any day in the afternoon.

 

In 2024 John Ball Zoo will be open to the public from March 22 – November 24.

You can upgrade your general admission ticket purchase to a year-long membership. Along with many great add-on benefits, a family membership pays for itself in just two visits and provides access to the Zoo for a year! You can upgrade to a membership during your Zoo visit by stopping by our guest services building or visit our membership page to purchase one today!

John Ball Zoo is excited to be a part of the Museums For All program. With a Michigan EBT Bridge Card or out-of-state SNAP-EBT card you can receive our lowest-priced admission of $2.00 per person, for up to four people in your household.

LEARN MORE HERE

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our guest services department at 616.336.4300.

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2024 Daily Admission Rates

Whether you’re enjoying a peaceful day alone, spending quality time with family, or traveling with a large group we are excited to welcome you to John Ball Zoo! Review our rates below or become a Zoo Member for additional benefits. Various exhibits and experiences may not be open due to weather conditions.

May 25 - Sep. 2 | Mon. - Thu.
Visitor's Age PRICE
Adults (ages 13-61) $21.95
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $16.95
Youth (ages 3-12) $16.95
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $16.95
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $16.95
May 25 - SEP. 2 | Fri. - Sun.
Visitor's Age Price
Adults (ages 13-61) $24.95
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $18.95
Youth (ages 3-12) $18.95
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $18.95
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $18.95
Prices for Sep. 3 - Nov. 24
Visitor's Age Price
Adults (ages 13-61) $19.95
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $14.95
Youth (ages 3-12) $14.95
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $14.95
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $14.95
Prices for Spring 2025
Visitor's Age Price
Adults (ages 13-61) $19.95
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $14.95
Youth (ages 3-12) $14.95
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $14.95
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $14.95
TICKETS

2024 Daily Admission Rates

Whether you’re enjoying a peaceful day alone, spending quality time with family, or traveling with a large group we are excited to welcome you to John Ball Zoo! Review our rates below or become a Zoo Member for additional benefits. Various exhibits and experiences may not be open due to weather conditions.

Prices for Mar. 22 - May 10
Visitor's Age Price
Adults (ages 13-61) $17
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $13
Youth (ages 3-12) $13
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $13
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $13
May 11 - Sep. 29 | Mon. - Thu.
Visitor's Age PRICE
Adults (ages 13-61) $20
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $15
Youth (ages 3-12) $15
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $15
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $15
May 11 - SEP. 29 | Fri. - Sun.
Visitor's Age Price
Adults (ages 13-61) $22
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $17
Youth (ages 3-12) $17
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $17
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $17
Prices for Sep. 30 - Nov. 24
Visitor's Age Price
Adults (ages 13-61) $17
Seniors (ages 62 and up) $13
Youth (ages 3-12) $13
Children (2 and under) Free
College Students (must present valid School ID) $13
Military Discount (must have valid military ID - available to active & Veteran US Military personnel and their spouses) $13

Stroller & Wheelchair Rental

*Wheelchairs and Electric Carts are only available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved ahead of time. Deposit required at time of rental and will be returned upon return of equipment.

Equipment Rate
Safari Stroller (Deposit required)* $12.00
Wagon with Canopy (Deposit required)* $12.00
Wheelchair Rental (Deposit required)* Free
Amigo Mobility Cart (Deposit required)* $30.00

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Great Lakes Rare Turtles

Great Lakes Conservation
About

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.

Partners

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Habitat

Grassland, Wetlands (inland)

Threat Range

Critically Endangered

Region

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
About

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.

Partners

Freshwater Mussels

Great Lakes Conservation
About

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.

Partners

Habitat Hero

Community Science
About

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.

Partners

Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

Community Science
About

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.

Partners

Grand River Sucker Monitoring

Community Science
About

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.

Partners

Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

Community Science
About

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.

Partners

Michigan Butterfly Network

Community Science
About

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.

Partners

Bat Surveys

Community Science
About

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.

Partners

Massasauga Rattlesnake

Great Lakes Conservation
About

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.

Partners

City Nature Challenge

Community Science
About

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.

Partners

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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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