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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.


David white

Thursday, March 1, 2018

🎖️BEST OF... 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. My personal favorite zoo in the Midwest.

Keymaster 12345

Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

Great place to go if you have nothing to do on lazy Sunday. Kids love it here with the camels you can ride. Excellent food. Awesome, Clean Environment. I would give 10 stars but sadly I can't

Brian Holiday

Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018

It's amazing how many animals the zoo has it's also fun to walk the whole place to see them all. My son's reaction every time is priceless. I remember the first time that we went to family day at the zoo my son kept trying to join the animals in their habitats and his dad had to stop him every time but the most enjoyable part of visiting the zoo is seeing the smile on my son's face every time we go there.

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🌲

Alexandria Baldridge

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

This zoo is one of my favorites in Michigan! I highly recommend it. They take good care of their animals and the otters rock.

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