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MORE ZOO FUN

Enjoy Experiences and Adventures At John Ball Zoo

All of our experiences are generally available during the summer season. However, occasionally Mother Nature requires that we close them for safety.

Note: Availability is subject to weather. Please call (616)336-2017 for daily availability.

Funicular

John Ball Zoo Gem Company

Budgie Aviary

Face Painting

Sky Trail Ropes Course

Zip Line

Shopping Cart

Food

Monkey Island Cafe

As the main eatery in the heart of the zoo, we offer a large variety of lunch and snack items. From Hot Dogs and Fries to Chicken Tenders and Burgers, there is something here for everyone! This is also the place to get a Soft Serve Ice Cream Cone after a hot day at the zoo. Gluten-Free Buns are available for those with dietary restrictions.

Menu
Speciality Item

Hippo Salad – a beautiful salad served in a carved out watermelon

*Open daily

Snacks & Drinks

Monkey Bar

Located by our Spider Monkey Exhibit, guests can enjoy a variety of Craft Beers, Seltzer, or a Cold Slushie with a Shot of Rum or Jack Daniels. Roasted Nuts are also available for those with an empty stomach!

Menu

*Open daily

Black-headed Spider Monkey

Ateles fusciceps rufiventris

Facts
Diet: Omnivore

Ripe fruit, leaves, nuts, seeds, insects, and sometimes eggs.

Habitat

Rainforests. Spending most of their time in the upper branches.

Threat Range

Critically Endangered

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Central America to northern South America

Fun Facts

Long prehensile tails that act as a fifth limb to help them swing through branches of trees.

Can leap in excess of 9 meters (30 ft.) from branch to branch.

Their hands are formed for climbing, they only have four fingers and lack a thumb. This increases their strength and grip.

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Our Animals
Black Howler Monkey
Indy

Male

Black Howler Monkey
Becka

Female

Black Howler Monkey
Pink

Female

Black Howler Monkey
Casey

Female

Black Howler Monkey
Hershey

Female

Natural Treasures

Natural Treasures Outdoor Habitat

Grand Cayman Iguana

Grand Cayman Iguana

African Pancake Tortoise

African Pancake Tortoise

Toucan, Toco

Ramphastos toco

Toucan
Facts
Diet: Herbivore

Mainly fruits. Some insects, eggs, seeds, grains, & nuts

Habitat

Forests, Shrubland, and Savannahs

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Argentina, Peru, French Guiana, Bolivia, Paraguay, Suriname, & Brazil

Fun Facts

Thin layer of skin surrounds the eye giving the iris a blue appearance.

Do not use their tongue in the process of swallowing food, instead they place a piece of fruit between the very ends of their beak and lean their head back at an approximately 180 degree angle causing the food item to project directly into the pharynx.

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Our Animals
Toucan
Tango

Male

Toucan
Mango

Female

Butterfly House

Poweshiek Skipperling (1)

Poweshiek Skipperling

Monarch (1)

Monarch Butterfly

Saki, White Faced Monkey

Pithecia pithecia

Saki, White Faced Monkey
Facts
Diet: Herbivore

Leaves and seeds, on occasion they eat insects and flowers

Habitat

Upland and lowland rainforests

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Brazil and remote parts of Argentina

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Our Animals
Saki, White Faced Monkey
Helen

Female

Saki, White Faced Monkey
Frankie

Male

Flamingo, Chilean

Phoenicopterus chilensis

Flamingo
Facts
Diet: Carnivore

Insects, algae, shrimp, mollusks, worm, crustaceans, and plankton

Habitat

Muddy, shallow, alkaline, and brackish lakes

Threat Range

Near Threatened

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Found from central Peru through the Andes and Uruguay to Tierra del Fuego

Fun Facts

They stand on one leg to conserve body heat, drawing the other leg close to the body and tucking the head under the wing.

Flamingos face the wind when resting, to stop the wind and rain from penetrating their feathers.

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Our Animals
Flamingo, Chilean
11 Males & 5 Females

Southern American Yard

Capybara

Capybara

Giant Anteater (1)

Giant Anteater

Crested Screamer

Amenity

Boardwalk Tent

Information

Enjoy this shaded space overlooking the center of the zoo. The boardwalk tent is the perfect place to rest your feet, eat a snack, and see a view of the zoo from the top.

Picnic tables available – first come, first serve

Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia

Facts
Diet: Carnivore

Birds and mammals. Primarily Blue Sheep, but also Ibex, Markhors, and Wild Boar

Habitat

Steep, rocky, and broken terrain is preferred. Mountains, savanna, or grassland

Threat Range

Vulnerable

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Central Asia. This includes the entire Himalayan mountain system and extends to southern and western Mongolia and South Russia.

Fun Facts

Mother is solely responsible for supplying the cubs with food, protection, resources, and learning for the first year of their life.

Extremely long tail, equaling 75% to 90% of total body length, is used for balance, but also to cover up their extremities during harsh winter weather.

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Our Animals
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Yuki

Female

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Mylo

Male

Mountain Lion

Puma concolor

Facts
Diet: Carnivore

Moose, elk, white-tailed deer, mule deer, caribou, squirrels, muskrat, porcupine, beaver, raccoon, striped skunk, coyote, bobcats, other mountain lions, rabbits, opossums, birds, and even snails and fish.

Habitat

Coniferous forests, lowland tropical forests, grasslands, dry bush lands.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Ranging from areas in Canada, down through the United States, south to Central and South America.

Fun Facts

Stalks prey animals, then leaps at close range onto their back and breaks the animal's neck with a powerful bite below the base of the skull.

One additional smaller premolar on each side of the upper jaw as compared to lynx.

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Our Animals
Mountain Lion
Elsa

Female

Mountain Lion
Eli

Male

Brown Bear

Ursus arctos

Facts
Diet: Omnivore

Grass, roots, moss, bulbs, fruits, nuts, fungus, berries, tubers, insects, carrion, and fish. They are known to hunt moose, elk, mountain sheep, and mountain goats

Habitat

Desert edges, high mountain forests, ice fields, tundra, alpine meadows, and coastlines.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Western Europe and Palestine to eastern Siberia and the Himalayan region. Stable populations are found in Northern North America and small populations in parts of Western United States.

Fun Facts

200-1300 pounds.

Males may guard the females for 1-3 weeks.

Implantation in the uterus is delayed for 5 months. Gestation period: 180-266 days. Females do not ovulate for 2-4 years after giving birth.

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Our Animals

Our bears are three-strike bears. Yogi came from the US Fish & Wildlife Service in 1994. Boo Boo came from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game in 1994.

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Yogi

Male
(Smaller, darker color), Grizzly Bear, Wild Born in Montana

Brown Bear (1)
Boo Boo

Female
(Larger, lighter color), Alaska Brown Bear, Wild Born in Alaska

Canada Lynx

Lynx canadensis

Canadian Lynx
Facts
Diet: Carnivore

Primarily snowshoe hares, also rodents, birds, and fish

Habitat

Usually mature forests with dense undergrowth, but also rocky areas, or tundra

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Throughout Canada, in western Montana, and in nearby parts of Idaho and Washington. There are small populations in New England, Utah, and possibly in Oregon, Wyoming, and Colorado.

Fun Facts

Females give birth to 1 litter a year, usually in fallen logs, stumps, clumps of timber, or tangles of roots & branches.

Paws are large and furry, helping to distribute their weight while on top of snow.

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Our Animals
Canadian Lynx
Thor

Male

North American Porcupine

Erethizon dorsatum

Facts
Diet: Herbivore

Leaves, roots, tubers, wood, bark, stems, seeds, grains, nuts, fruit, and flowers

Habitat

Open tundra, savannah, grassland, and deciduous forests.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Found throughout most of Alaska and Canada, in the northern part of the Great Lakes region, and all throughout the west and northeast regions of the United States.

Fun Facts

An individual porcupine has approximately 30,000 quills.

When threatened, a porcupine will chatter its teeth and produce a chemical odor, intended to warn off any predator.

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Our Animals
Poppy (1)
Poppy

Male

North American Porcupine (2) (1)
Barbara

Female

Amenity

Restroom

Description Accessibility
Restroom Men Restroom with Baby Changer
Restroom Women Restroom with Baby Changer
Drinking Fountain 1 Drinking Fountain with Bottle Re-filler

North American River Otter

Lontra canadensis

Facts
Diet: Primarily Carnivorous

Fish, turtles, crayfish, crabs, birds, eggs, small land mammals, and aquatic plants.

Habitat

Freshwater and marine habitats such as lakes, rivers, swamps, and estuaries. Anywhere with a permanent supply of food and a water source.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Canada and the United States, except for New Mexico and the Mohave Desert of Nevada and Colorado.

Fun Facts

At 6 months the pups head off on their own.

Two layers of fur; a thick, dense under layer and a longer over layer of guard hairs that trap air bubbles for insulating while swimming.

Can stay underwater for up to 8 minutes.

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Our Animals
River Otter
Slyde

Male

Amenity

Central Stage

Information

The Central Stage at John Ball Zoo features seasonal Daily Animal Programs, live entertainment on event days, and is a great place to take a rest and enjoy a snack.

Picnic tables with umbrellas available – first come, first serve.

Golden Eagle

Aquila chrysaetos

Golden Eagle
Facts
Diet: Carnivores

Primarily small mammals such as rabbits, hares, ground squirrels, prairie dogs, and marmots. They also eat birds, reptiles and fish in smaller numbers.

Habitat

Tundra, shrub lands, grasslands, woodland-brushlands, and coniferous forests. Most golden eagles are found in mountainous areas, but they also nest in wetland, riparian and estuarine habitats.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

They occur throughout Eurasia, in northern Africa, and in North America. In North America, golden eagles are found in the western half of the continent, from Alaska to central Mexico, with small numbers in eastern Canada and scattered pairs in the eastern United States.

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Our Animals
Golden Eagle
Fank/Francis

Male

Golden Eagle
Ernest

Male

Michigan Stream

The Michigan Stream features both an outdoor and indoor viewing area. You can also feed the fish in the stream! Fish food is regulated for proper dietary needs.

Rainbow Trout (1)

Rainbow Trout

Bluegill (1)

Bluegill (Hybrid)

Brown Trout (1)

Brown Trout

Experience

Face Painting

Information

Become one of your favorite animals for your visit to the Zoo. Choose from either a cheek design or a full face design. All of the paintings are done freehand by our talented face painting employees. Choose between 9 different cheek designs and 9 different full face designs. Please remember, artists’ styles may vary.

Snacks & Drinks

Dippin' Dots

Stop here for your favorite flavor Dippin Dots! You can also grab a bag of Popcorn or a Soft Pretzel with some Canned Soda or Water.

Menu

*Open daily

Aquarium

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Magellanic Penguin

Lake Sturgeon

Lake Sturgeon

PeacockWold Eel (1)

Peacock Wolf Eel

Kelp Gull (1)

Coastal Birds

Spiny Lobster (1)

Spiny Lobsters

Bat Sea Star

Tide Pool

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

Poweshiek Skipperling

Oarisma powesheik

Facts
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

Michigan Area

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Freshwater Mussels

4 of 12

Habitat Hero

5 of 12

Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring

6 of 12

Grand River Sucker Monitoring

7 of 12

Turtle Road Mortality Surveys

8 of 12

Michigan Butterfly Network

9 of 12

Bat Surveys

10 of 12

Massasauga Rattlesnake

11 of 12

City Nature Challenge

12 of 12

Bees

Honey Bee

Honey Bee

These are the domestic bees that everyone has heard about. Right now we have three hives at the zoo. They are smaller, fuzzy bees and very docile. They sting but only if they are contacted or defending their hives.

Bumblebee

Bumblebee

These are larger fuzzy bees that are also social. Each spring new queens will start hives that last one year. They can sting but will only do so when caught or defending hives. They typically nest in the ground.

Carpenter Bees

Carpenter Bees

These large bees resemble bumblebees but have a shiny black abdomen. They don't form hives, each female will burrow into wood in order to lay eggs and raise her young. They only sting when trapped. Males will guard nests and buzz around people close by. The males are harmless, only the females have stingers. Carpenter bees are important pollinators because they often visit many different types of flowers to find enough pollen for their young. They can sometimes cause structural damage to wood if too many nests are present.

Solitary Bee

Solitary Bees

There are many native bees that don't form hives. They are some of the most important pollinators for native plants. They don't have stingers and are harmless. Solitary bees can be told apart from wasps because their bodies are covered or have patches of hair.

Wasps & Hornets

While bees developed hairs in order to collect pollen, wasps and hornets are mainly carnivorous and have shiny, smooth bodies and legs. They are usually yellow and black as warning coloration because they sting readily when bothered. They form the traditional hanging paper nests or nest in cavities in the ground. While they do pollinate plants, they mainly catch small caterpillars, spiders, and other arthropods to feed their young. They will go after sweet liquids like soda especially in the late summer. The nuisance wasps are social with queens starting nests after overwintering. The hives will start small but can become very large by the end of the summer.

Six-Banded Armadillo

Euphractus sexcinctus

Six-Banded Armadillo
Facts
Diet: Omnivore

90% of their diet is fruit, tubers, and palm nuts. Occasionally ants, termites, carrion, and frogs.

Habitat

Savanna or grasslands

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

South America east of the Andes Mountains

Fun Facts

Their body consists of 6-8 moveable bands made of keratin.

They are good swimmers and stay afloat by swallowing air.

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Our Animals
Six-Banded Armadillo
Joanna

Female

Grand Cayman Iguana

Cyclura lewisi

Grand Cayman Iguana
Facts
Diet: Omnivore

Mostly plant matter, but also insects and fungus.

Habitat

Forest, Shrubland, and Marine Intertidal.

Threat Range

Endangered

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Island of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Fun Facts

The oldest recorded lived to be 69 years of age.

The eggs are among the largest of all lizard eggs.

They defend their territory from other iguanas using head bobbing gestures to warn intruding iguanas, and they might even attack the intruder.

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Our Animals
Grand Cayman Iguana
Monster

Male

African Pancake Tortoise

Malacochersus tornieri

African Pancake Tortoise
Facts
Diet: Herbivore

Wild –Both fresh and dried grasses and succulents

Habitat

Rocky areas, Shrub-lands, Grasslands, Savannas

Threat Range

Critically Endangered

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Kenya, United Republic of Tanzania, and Zambia

Fun Facts

Generally avoids bodies of water.

Experiences a period of torpor, or dormancy, during the hottest months of the year.

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Our Animals
African Pancake Tortoise
2 Males & 4 Females

Monarch Butterfly

Danaus plexippus

Facts
Habitat

Forest, Shrubland, Grassland, Wetlands (inland), Artificial/Terrestrial

Threat Range

Least Concern

Region

Throughout the Americas, from southern Canada, through the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central America, to South America, north of the Amazon Basin

Fun Facts

Every year, millions of Monarch Butterflies travel from overwintering sites in Central Mexico and coastal California, to summer breeding grounds throughout the United States and Canada

Capybara

Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris

Facts
Diet: Herbivore, Grazer

Grasses, aquatic plants, occasionally bark and fruit

Habitat

Grasslands, marsh edges, and lowland forests. Anywhere water is easily accessible.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Columbia, south into the Argentinian pampas, and west to the Andes

Fun Facts

They spend part of each morning re-ingesting the previous day’s food.

Capybaras are have front legs that are shorter than their back legs, partially webbed feet, and eyes, ears, and nostrils located on top of the head. All of these physical features make Capybaras well suited to semi-aquatic life.

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Our Animals
Capybara
Nugget

Female

Giant Anteater

Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Facts
Diet: Insectivore

Mainly ants, termites, soft-bodied grubs, and have also been known to lick fallen fruit

Habitat

Tropical moist forest, dry forest, savannah, and open grassland

Threat Range

Vulnerable

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Central and South America from Belize down to northern Argentina

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Our Animals
Giant Anteater (1)
Rio

Female

Southern Screamer, Crested

Chauna torquata

Facts
Diet: Folivore

Aquatic plants, seeds, and leaves

Habitat

Rivers, mountains, or grasslands

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Peru through northern Argentina and Uruguay

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Our Animals
Elvis

Male

Stevie

Female

Rainbow Trout

Oncorhynchus mykiss

Facts
Diet

Fish, insects, marine worms, crustaceans, and algae.

Habitat

Freshwater, brackish, or marine waters of temperate zones.

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Pacific Coast of North America, extending from Alaska down to the border between California and Mexico.

Fun Facts

They came to Michigan when eggs were imported from California in 1876. Large specimens that inhabit the Great Lakes, but travel inland to spawn in streams have come to be called Steelhead Trout.

Bluegill (Hybrid)

Lepomis

Facts
Diet

Fish, insects, mollusks, marine worms, crustaceans, and algae.

Habitat

Lakes and Rivers

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Throughout United States and Canada

Fun Facts

Group of freshwater fish in the Sunfish family.

Brown Trout

Salmo trutta

Facts
Diet

Fish, eggs, insects, marine worms, crustaceans, algae, and zooplankton.

Habitat

Deep streams and lakes

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Europe, northern Africa, western Asia, Iceland, Scandinavia, and Russia. Today, the brown trout has been successfully introduced into waterways on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.

Fun Facts

The first brown trout in the western hemisphere arrived in New York in 1883, and are now found throughout most of the United States.

Magellanic Penguin

Spheniscus magellanicus

Facts
Diet: Piscivore

Wild: Anchovies, Squid, Sprats, & Hagfish
Zoo: Trout, Smelt, Herring, & Capelin

Habitat

Coastline, except during breeding season where they may be found nesting in grassland, amongst bushes, and in cliff faces.

Threat Range

Nearly Threatened

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Temperate regions of South America. Found in Argentina, Brazil, Malvinas, Peru, and Uruguay. May venture to a tropical setting for breeding.

Fun Facts

Unmated males have a distinct call similar to a donkey’s braying.

Thick heavy bones allowing them to dive more than 250 feet.

Torpedo shape allows for rapid swimming, reaching speeds up to 15.5 miles per hour.

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Our Animals
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26 Males And Females

Lake Sturgeon

Acipenser fulvescens

Facts
Diet

Insect larvae, worms, crayfish, snails, and other small fishes.

Habitat

Temperate waters. Found only in the Northern Hemisphere in North America.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

NA

Region

Freshwaters of North America from the Hudson Bay through the Mississippi River drainages to Alabama. It is found along the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River drainage, and in large lakes in New York and Vermont, including Cayuga Lake and Lake Champlain.

Fun Facts

Males can live up to 100 years, and females can live up to 150 years.

The females lay a vast number of eggs, anywhere from 2-3 million in one season, depending on their size and age.

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Our Animals
Lake Sturgeon (1)
8 Total

Try to find them all!

Peacock Wolf Eel

Anarrhichthys ocellatus

Facts
Diet: Carnivore

Hard-shelled animals like crabs, sand dollars, clams, snails, and sea urchins.

Habitat

Rock and stone crevices, dens, and caves in shallow water as deep as 740 feet.

Threat Range

Not Evaluated

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Northern Baja California north to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska, and east and south to the Seas of Okhotsk and Japan.

Fun Facts

Length: 8.2 feet

Oviparous – Lays up to 10,000 eggs at a time, then coils around them and uses her body to shape the eggs into a neat sphere roughly the size of a grapefruit. When she's settled, the male coils around her as an added layer of protection. The female continues massaging the eggs periodically as they develop, helping to circulate water around the eggs to keep them supplied with oxygen.

Our Animals
Bob

Coastal Birds

Black-Crowned Night Heron (1)

Black-Crowned Night Heron

Kelp Gull (1)

Kelp Gull

Red crested cardinal (1)

Red-Crested Cardinal

Rock Lobster or California Spiny Lobster

Panulirus interruptus

Facts
Diet: Omnivore/Scavenger

Dead animals, algae, and various invertebrates such as urchin and mussel

Habitat

Rocky reef habitats where they can den in crevices or seek cover in kelp or surf grass. Occasionally found in tide pools, but more often found in deeper waters up to 65 m.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Western coast of southern California and Mexico.

Fun Fact

They have been known to be regulators of several key invertebrates, such as purple urchins.

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Sharks

Rainbow Trout (1)

Leopard Shark

Bluegill (1)

Swell Shark

Tide Pool

Located in the Living Shores Aquarium next to the Octopus Habitat. The Tide Pool draws in water and releases back into the habitat, creating a tide. The cycle takes an average 2 minutes to complete.

What is a Tide Pool?

A Tide Pool is an isolated pocket of seawater found in the ocean’s intertidal zone. They are home to a variety of life, such as snails, barnacles, mussels, anemones, urchins, sea stars, crustaceans, seaweed, and small fish that can sustain the drastic changes that occur
between low and high tides. During low tide there is increased sun exposure and lower levels of oxygen, and during high tide the crashing waves and foraging fish that comes at high tide.

Black Turban Snails

Black Turban Snails

Bluegill (1)

Rough Keyhole Limpets

Strawberry False Coral

Strawberry False Coral

Northern Triton

Northern Triton

Shiner Surfperch

Shiner Surfperch

Bat Sea Star

Bat Sea Star

Ochre Sea Star

Ochre Sea Star

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Black-Crowned Night Heron

Nycticorax nycticorax

Facts
Diet: Omnivore

Mainly fish, but also, leeches, earthworms, insects, crayfish, mussels, squid, amphibians, lizards, snakes, rodents, birds, eggs, carrion, and plant materials.

Habitat

Terrestrial and Aquatic. Wetlands.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

North America from Washington through Quebec, south through coastal Mexico, as well as locally in Central America and the Caribbean.

Fun Facts

Some winter as far north as Oregon and the New England states.

Kelp Gull

Larus dominicanus

Facts
Diet: Omnivore

Mollusks, echinoderms, sponges, arthropods, fish, worms, snakes, frogs, mammals, birds, and berries.

Habitat

Beaches, estuaries, lakes, and rivers.

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

No

Region

Widespread in the Southern Hemisphere.

Fun Facts

Picks up shellfish and repeatedly flies them up several yards and drops them onto the rocks below in order to break them open.

Red-Crested Cardinal

Paroaria coronata