John Ball Zoo

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Community
  • Environment


1300 W Fulton StGrand Rapids, MI 49504 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

John Ball Zoo Inspires Our Community To Be Actively Engaged In The Conservation Of Wildlife And Our Natural Environment. We envision a future of being a world-class zoo, premier education facility, a renowned conservation center, and a wildly successful national visitor attraction.


John Ball Zoo has been accredited by Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) since 1983. Our accreditation is your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. Through AZA we participate in 49 Species Survival Plans & 39 taxon advisory groups. We currently have over 220 species and 2,400 individual animals we care for daily.

John Ball Zoo is the 4th most attended cultural facility in Michigan, with a economic impact in our communities of $40 million. Annually the Zoo has over 600,000 visitors, and reaches over 800,000 individuals with wildlife and conservation messages. We are part of the nationally recognized program "Museums For All" to provide reduced price admission for qualified families across the state of Michigan.


Would you recommend John Ball Zoo?
2 reviews Write a review
by Evelina V. from Grand Rapids, MI (December 2, 2022)
It has so many amazing volunteering opportunities to choose from in your community!!! I love it !!!
by Alison V. (October 12, 2020)
I think this is a great place to begin volunteering, especially if you're one who likes to be around families or kids. :)

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