John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo opens new gift shop, summer exhibits

June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

This summer, John Ball Zoo opens a new gift shop and front entrance. This summer brings many exciting new features to John Ball Zoo. The very first to debut was the new “Gifts of the Wild” gift shop that opened Saturday, May 12. The new shop is a free-standing building that makes a bold statement at the zoo’s reconfigured front entrance. It’s over four times [...]

Visitors launch over 300 butterflies

August 25, 2011 // 0 Comments

John Ball Zoo hosts second annual butterfly release event  This summer, John Ball Zoo—with support from Michigan Butterflies, a locally owned company specializing in monarch butterflies—raised over 300 monarch butterflies in a small interactive exhibit. Throughout the season, visitors watched the entire life cycle from egg to larvae to chrysalis to adult. On [...]

Rockford Freshman Center’s Maria Anel, an Example in Excellence

June 30, 2011 // 0 Comments

John Ball Zoo volunteer has giving nature Maria Anel, 15, is the daughter of Marlene Anel and sister to Arthur and Charlie. Maria is a student with a natural charisma who is responsible, determined, energetic, outgoing and supportive, with deep compassion and empathy. Maria’s giving nature is shown by her willingness to volunteer for others of all ages and her [...]

News Bits — March 4, 2010

March 4, 2010 // 0 Comments

Free educational workshops to be offered at EXPO The Rockford Chamber of Commerce recently announced the presentation of 10 free educational workshops to be held at Rockford’s 6th Annual Community EXPO. Businesses with various backgrounds are excited to share their knowledge with the community. Topics range from Financial and Estate Planning, to Tax Developments, to How [...]

Nature center to offer Birds of Prey show

January 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

Please sign up for the Birds of Prey (Raptors) presentation by the John Ball Zoo on January 30 (details at This is a unique opportunity to see live animals up close while the Zoo is closed this winter. Advance registration is due by January 25 since a minimum number of participants is required (or the presentation must be cancelled). Attend [...]
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