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

Food

Monkey Island Cafe

This main eatery offers a large menu of lunch and snack items

Menu

*Open daily

Snacks & Drinks

Monkey Bar

Menu

*Open seasonally

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

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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

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Our Animals
Toucan
Tango

Male

Toucan
Mango

Female

Meerkat

Suricata suricatta

Facts
Diet: Omnivore

Primarily insects, but will also eat small vertebrates, eggs, and plant matter. Some immunity to venom, so will sometimes prey on venomous snakes and scorpions.

Habitat

Savannahs, shrubland, grasslands, and desert

Threat Range

Least Concern

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Southern Africa and the Kalahari Desert

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Our Animals
Meerkats
Kali

Female

Meerkats
Kendi

Female

Meerkats
Dustin

Male

Meerkats
Red

Male

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

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Our Animals
Flamingo, Chilean
11 Males & 5 Females

Southern American Yard

Capybara

Capybara

Anteater

Giant Anteater

Crested Screamer

Snow Leopard

Panthera uncia

Snow Leopard
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.

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Our Animals
Snow Leopard
Elsie

Female

Mountain Lion

Puma concolor

Mountain Lion
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.

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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.

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Our Animals
Brown Bear (1)
Yogi

Male

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Boo Boo

Female

Canada Lynx

Update

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.

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Our Animals
Canada Lynx
Thor

Male

Canada Lynx
Norrie

Female

Canada Lynx
Yoshi

Female

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.

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Our Animals
North American Porcupine (2) (1)
Poppy

Female

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.

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Our Animals
River Otter
Chumani

Female

River Otter
Slyde

Male

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

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

Menu

*Open seasonally

Aquarium

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Magellanic Penguin

Lake Sturgeon

Lake Sturgeon

Peacock Wolf Eel

Coastal Birds

Spiny Lobsters

California Coastal Fish

California Moray Eel

Shark

Marine Invertebrates

Bees

Apis

Honey Bee On Honeycomb
Facts
Diet: Update

Update

Habitat

Update

Threat Range

Update

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Update

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Armadillo

Dasypodidae

Armadillo
Facts
Diet: Omnivore

Update

Habitat

Update

Threat Range

Update

SSP (Species Survival Plan)

Yes

Region

Update

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Our Animals
Red Panda
Wyatt

Male

Red Panda
Wasabi

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

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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

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Our Animals
African Pancake Tortoise
2 Males & 4 Females

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

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Our Animals
Capybara
Nugget

Female

Giant Anteater

Myrmecophaga tridactyla

Anteater
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
Anteater
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

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.

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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.

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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.

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Our Animals
Bob