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The King of Eyelashes has arrived and must be celebrated. Dino is birdy, thirty, and thriving today! This Southern Ground Hornbill is now an old man. Part of Dino's celebrations included a cake created by the commissary team. Rumor has it, Dino is still carrying around the strawberry he plucked o...
Mango and Tango are back for the season! These toco toucans have re-entered their outdoor habitat on the South American boardwalk. Their entrance wouldn't be complete without a couple of fresh, new renovations. Over the winter, @meijergardens donated some palm logs to the Zoo. Palm logs just so ...
It is Endangered Species Day. At JBZ, many of our Zoo family members are apart of a species that have a threatened to critically endangered conservation status. We wanted to highlight some of our newest family, the Chacoan peccaries! Have you had the chance to meet Dill, Fennel, Aiden Oak, and Ca...
This girl is twenty-FUN today! Moe, the pied crow, turns 21 today! Animal care staff decorated Moe's habitat with paper chains and other exciting birthday decorations. She also received a couple of tasty mice. Please help us wish Moe a very fun 21st birthday!
What a great day to be a wood duck! Specifically, what a great day to be a wood duck named Bill Bill! Bill Bill is having a ducking great day because it is her 11th birthday. She was celebrated with a veggie/fruit cake that spelled out her name in peas and carrots. We couldn't help but notice tha...
TUESDAYS, TUESDAYS, TUESDAYS! That's right! Due to the demand of the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival tickets, we have added more opportunities to experience the Lantern Festival before it ends. The Lantern Festival will now be available to attend on Tuesday nights! Beginning May 21, the Lantern Fe...
Hey! These turts are in trouble both around the world and locally! Predators such as raccoons and dangerous road crossings pose as substantial threats to turtles like the spotted turtle pictured. We want to help our fellow turts which is why John Ball Zoo is leading the Great Lakes Rare Turtle Pr...
Happy Mother's Day from this Zoo family to yours! Shout out to mothers, Carrot and Wasabi. They have been spending lots of time with their babies, teaching them how to eat new foods, and tolerating copious amounts of zoomies.
POV: youre feeding Nima and Dawa snacksNima said absolutely the fluff NOT. She is still learning how to share with her brother.
GIVEAWAY ALERT! Were giving away four tickets to the Grand Rapids Lantern Festival at @JohnBallZooGR! Follow these steps to enter our giveaway for a chance to win tickets to this MUST-SEE event. 1 Follow @TianyuArtsCulture and @JohnBallZooGR2 Tag two friends in the comments of this post3 Your...
Zuhura has been making some positive strides at John Ball Zoo! Zu is the newest member of the chimpanzee troop. She is what you call, an extrovert. She has excellent social skills and has quickly built relationships with her new family. If you're lucky, you may catch Zu making one of her ever coz...
Spring has sprung which means Bali is ready to party! You may even hear him from the front gates of the Zoo. Bali, the Cockatoo, has made his way from his indoor flat to Wild Way Trail. Be sure to say hi to Bali the next time you visit the Zoo!