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John Ball Zoo

Greater Grand Rapids residents invited to become part of state history Aug. 1 during creation of new traveling Michigan Wildlife Photo Mosaic Wall

by (Michigan Wildli...)

Submitted 07-22-2019 under NONPROFITS

West Michigan children, their families and wildlife aficionados of all ages are invited to become part of the first-ever traveling Michigan Wildlife Photo Mosaic Wall on Thursday, Aug. 1, during KidsDay at the Zoo. The once-in-a-lifetime experience...

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Wege Foundation awards Grand Rapids Symphony a $1 million grant for diversity, equity and inclusion

by (GRSymphony)

Submitted 06-13-2018 under NONPROFITS

For centuries, the mission of an orchestra such as the Grand Rapids Symphony was to make music. In recent times, the job of a performing arts organization also has been to inspire, motivate, educate and nurture its audience. Today, it’s the...

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Ride The Rapid to events throughout Grand Rapids, Kentwood this August

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 08-01-2017 under NONPROFITS

Make the most out of the last full month of summer by visiting events throughout Grand Rapids and Kentwood. This month is especially jam-packed with free and low-cost events for families looking to stick to their summer budget. Whether it’s...

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Ride The Rapid to get to events throughout May

by (TheRapid)

Submitted 04-28-2017 under NONPROFITS

April showers bring May flowers, so here's to hoping for good weather and beautiful blooms all month long. The spring forecast also offers another excuse to catch a ride on The Rapid and let us do the driving, whether it's to get you to work...

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John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum proposal November 8

by (mikelomonaco)

Submitted 10-04-2016 under OPINION

The John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum are more than just places to visit; they’re part of who we are as a community. These institutions strongly influence the quality of life for Kent County residents and ensure people of all ages...

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Beyond the Birds and the Bees at John Ball Park

by (grpl)

Submitted 06-03-2016 under

John Ball Zoo's Veterinarian Dr. Ryan Colburn and Animal Care Supervisor Tim Sampson, will guide participants through the world of animal mating behaviors. What animal makes an elaborate “house” filled with shiny gifts to attract a...

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John Ball Zoo plans for growth as nonprofit

by (alexandersinn)

Submitted 12-17-2015 under NEWS

Amid years of attendance growth, John Ball Zoo is on its way to expansion under a new master plan recently approved by zoo directors. The plan will cost around $50 million over the next 25 years. The funds will go toward new changes that will affect...

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New program for older zoo-goers combines activity with education

by (NGarbaty)

Submitted 09-04-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Adults ages 62 and up have a new opportunity to explore Grand Rapids while maintaining their body and mind. The Silver Explorer Series, created by John Ball Zoo and Priority Health, provides seniors with an inexpensive way to learn about and...

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A Day in the Life of a Zoo Veterinarian

by (grpl)

Submitted 05-28-2015 under

A tiger has a tooth ache, a monkey has a cough, and one of the fish isn't swimming straight! All of that and the day is just getting started. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at the zoo? Get the inside scoop from Dr. Ryan...

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John Ball Zoo unveils new tiger exhibit

by (Lindsay Fischer)

Submitted 06-24-2014 under NEWS

On June 14, a new tiger exhibit entitled “Crawford Tigers of the Realm” opened for public viewing at the John Ball Zoo. The zoo has been without tigers since 2009, when a female tiger was moved to Roosevelt Park Zoo following the death...

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