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John Ball Zoo Saw Record Attendance In 2014

2014 was a record-breaking year for John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids.

The zoo has seen over 494,000 visitors this season, which is the most they've ever seen in one season. By the official end of the 2014 season, the zoo expects to have welcomed over 500,000 visitors.

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Spider Monkeys at John Ball Zoo enjoy tasty snow treat [Video]

The spider monkeys at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids got a little taste of winter.

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John Ball Zoo Tiger Exhibit Under Construction

A new addition is coming to John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids.

Construction of two tiger habitats has begun.  The exhibits will open over the next two years.

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John Ball Zoo Welcomes Another Baby Monkey

Chi Chi the baby howler monkey was born at John Ball Zoo in June. Chi Chi was the first mammal born at John Ball Zoo in about 5 years.

The zoo welcomed another baby monkey on August 7!

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Will Chi Chi The Baby Monkey Make It Onto The Rope? [Video]

John Ball Zoo's baby howler monkey, Chi Chi, is only six weeks old.

Chi Chi was first available for the public to see on July 4. Chi Chi has been drawing a lot of attention ever since.

Watch as Chi Chi tries to climb onto a rope!

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John Ball Zoo’s “RendeZoo XXIV” is June 14

Friday, June 14th will be a real Rock and Roar time at the zoo.

For the 24th year, the John Ball Zoo Society will hold "RendeZoo XXIV – Rock and Roar"

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Spring Break Can Be Fun Right Here At Home

Spring Break!  The time of the year when families and individuals, take time off from the cold winter weather and....take a break!

Many leave.  Yeah, leave and go south seeking warmth, beaches and water.

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John Ball Zoo ‘Animal Enrichment Series’ Features Small Primates On March 16

John Ball Zoo opened March 1.

Warmer temperatures will bring increased activity to the zoo, including the opening of the new bear exhibit this May. But even in cooler weather, the zoo offers many opportunities for fun!

Visit John Ball Zoo on Saturday, March 16, for their Animal Enrichment Series featuring small primates.

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The John Ball Zoo is Open!

Finally, the Zoo is open!

Closed for the season in late Fall, this past Friday, March 1st, the John Ball Zoo opened for the 2013 season.

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John Ball Zoo Holding Volunteer Information Session On January 24

Love animals?  Love giving back to the community?

Then John Ball Zoo Society has an opportunity for you!

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It’s a Back-to-School Celebration Today at John Ball Park

Grand Rapids school leaders are expecting a large turnout of district families and friends today for its annual back-to-school celebration at John Ball Park.

School begins Sept. 4th, and Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal decided to hold one big bash this year rather than multiple parties in different quadrants of the city. Five were held last year.

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Easter Seals “Walk With Me” Walk Is Next Wednesday

A, fun, major fund raiser for Easter Seals Michigan is next Wednesday, June 13, at the John Ball Zoo.  It's "Walk With Me" and is a nearly 2-mile walk that will wrap around the park and go through the zoo.

It's a wonderful opportunity for donors and supporters to meet the people Easter Seals serve, while taking a nice walk and enjoying the Zoo.

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