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    John Ball Zoo

    This classic urban zoo is located two miles west of downtown Grand Rapids, just off the 1-96 expressway.


    John Ball Zoo is home to more than 1,800 animals. Habitats include:

    • Mokomboso Valley Chimpanzee Exhibit
    • North America animals including Grizzly bears, puma and bobcats
    • Treasures of the Tropics - reptiles, amphibians & small primates
    • Living Shores Aquarium & Penguinarium
    • Red's Hobby Farm petting coral
    • Lions of Lake Manyara
    • Wild Way Trail - Lemurs & howler monkeys
    • Tigers of the Realm
    • And much more


    The zoo also features a number of kid-friendly rides and activities:

    • Funicular to the Forest Realm - a tram ride up to the second highest ridge in Grand Rapids
    • Zipline - a four-story, 300-foot "fly" over the zoo (seasonal)
    • Sky Trail Ropes Course - four stories tall with two climbing levels (seasonal)
    • Camel Rides (seasonal)
    • Feedable parakeet aviary (seasonal)

    A spacious park at the entrance of the zoo is perfect for picnicking.

    John Ball Zoo

    • 1300 W. Fulton St.
    • Grand Rapids, MI 49504
    • (616) 336-4301
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