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  • Date:  February 25, 2021
  • Next Occurrence Feb 25, 2021
  • Recurring every 2 days
  • Times:  8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Venue:   John Ball Zoo
    1300 W. Fulton St., Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Phone:  (616)336-4300
  • Category:  Family
  • Price Per Person:  $125 per person
  • Maximum Group Number:   2
  • Guided Tours:   Yes
  • Advance Purchase:   Yes
  • Length of Time:   240 hour(s)

Have you always wanted to be a zookeeper? Now’s your chance! You’ll work side by side with a zookeeper to learn what it takes to care for the animals at the zoo. 

Minimum Age: 8 years of age. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Maximum # per Program: 2 people
Program Time: 4 hours (Typically 8:30-12:30pm-times vary depending on season)
Price: $125 per person


  • Hands on experience working with our zookeepers in various areas of the zoo
  • Behind the scenes tour of our ambassador (education) animal area
  • Opportunity to handle 3 of our ambassador animals

Advance Registration required. Footwear that fully encloses the foot is required – no sandals, flip-flops or
similar footwear. No photos can be taken behind the scenes. Non-refundable deposit required.