John Ball Zoo Society

1439 Butterworth South West

The John Ball Zoological Garden is owned and operated by the County of Kent. The John Ball Zoological Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation serving as a private support organization for the John Ball Zoo. The Zoo Society incorporated in 1950 and has been working in partnership with the Zoo since that time.

The Society operates a membership program, food services and the Gift Shop, coordinates publicity and promotions, and conducts fund-raising operations. The Zoo Society contributions include funds for promotions, events, marketing, advertising, animal purchases, a portion of the education budget, and all capital exhibit construction.


Jean Cain

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017

One of my favorite zoos. The animals enclosures seem very representative of their natural habitat. The zoo worker made a special effort to give the bears their strawberry treat right near the observation windows. What a joy for our grandchildren to see the bears so close and eating healthy berries. Role models, maybe? I highly recommend this zoo for not only animal lovers but nature lovers too. Some up/down walking but lots of shade. A train is available to bring you up & down the hill. Enjoy🌲

Michael Sudyk

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

Great zoo, very fun to do with the kids. We live close by and have a membership so that makes it easy. Good selection of animals, cool layout to make it interesting and some fun rotating exhibits. Highly recommend you go for an annual membership if you’re close by, great outing for the family.

Carly Flanigan

Monday, Nov. 6, 2017

Great zoo! We went while some animals were somewhere warmer for winter but our son still had a blast! There was still a variety of animals to see. There was an employee who talked to us about the chimpanzees and we could tell she cared for them! It is a good sign when an employee loves their job!

David white

Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017

Outstanding zoo, aquarium and gardens situated on a wooded hillside. Large multi sided interactive habitats giving visitors a chance to go nose-to-nose with many of the animals! Beautiful serpentine elevated walkways. Several interactive play areas for pre-teens. Bird and animal stage shows. Zoo also offers Camel rides, zip lines, and a funicular railway.

Mike George

Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

This zoo will surprise you if you're coming from a larger city. I was pleasantly surprised with the size of the zoo as well as how friendly the staff was. The animals all seemed to be kept in a healthy environment and I would definitely come back here again before the winter comes!