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John Ball Zoo Grand Rapids

Telephone (616)336-4301
How to Find it: On Fulton Ave. – one mile W. of downtown Grand Rapids (1300 W. Fulton)
Prices: Admission: Summer (mid-May-mid-Sept): $7.50 adults, $5.50 kids 3-13, $6.50 Seniors, and kids 2 and under free. Off Season (mid-Sept-mid-May) $3.50 adults and seniors, $3.00 kids 3-13, and kids 2 and under free
No of Species No of Animals Star Rating
Mammals 144 Conservation
Birds 485 Enclosures
Reptiles 83 Education
Amphibians 459 Recreation
Fish 477 Research
Total 0 1648
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This critique last updated:  Feb 2008

Official Description

JOHN BALL ZOO is a 30-acre Zoo within a 200 acre park in the heart of Grand Rapids Michigan.  The Zoo boasts a collection of over 1800 animals and is a leader in Zoo interactive experiences.  Mammals:  A troop of 6 chimpanzees, 2 Grizzly bears, otters, Pumas, Snow Leopards, Tiger, Wart Hogs, Duikers, and a variety of monkeys.  The Treasure of the Tropics building contains an impressive collection of reptiles and amphibians along with many small primates.  Seasonal exhibits include:  Stingray Lagoon with touchable Stingrays, Sharks & new Horseshoe crabs, 2 petting corrals – Farm animals and a dozen baby pygmy goats, walk thru wallabies, camel rides, and an aviary containing 300 colorful budgies that can be fed.  Non-animal attractions include a 4-story, 300-foot Zipline and an all new High-Ropes Course.   Opening this summer (2008):  LIONS OF LAKE MANYARA – a pride of three tree-climbing lions and an all new FROG exhibit

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