Summer wouldn't be complete without a trip to the zoo.
The John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids MI has over 1100 animals
from all over the world and the more common animals found
in our area. Lions, Wallabies, Stingrays, Frogs, and Budgies
are the new "Stars" at the John Ball Zoo this season in
Grand Rapids, MI. If you haven't been to the zoo lately, you
should pack up your friends and family and go take a look at
all the new improvements that have been made over at the zoo.
It isn't the same place that we visited as children.
The new Lions of Lake Manyara Exhibit that just opened is one of the largest in the nation.
It features the lions of Manyara, which are the only lions known to climb trees. Their enclosure
has a climbing tree that is heated in cool weather and cooled in hot months. There is a two
story viewing deck that provides panoramic vistas of the lions and the Grand Rapid's skyline.
Two Bomas (native Manyara houses) are in the enclosure, one has a large rock that is inside
and outside, so children can share the rock with the lions!
The Children's Zoo features birds and domestic animals that the children can pet and groom
so they can get close to nature in a personal way.
Sting Ray Lagoon has a 5000 gallon outdoor touch pool that allows
visitors to actually touch a shark or a sting ray as they swim by.
Sting Ray Lagoon is the only one of its kind in Michigan.
The Budgie Aviary allows you to walk
through an area filled with
over 300 colorful native Australian
Budgies (parakeets). You can
purchase a feedstick and have them
eating out of your hand!
You can walk with the wallabies (small kangaroos) in The Far Side of the
World Trail as you have access to their entire exhibit -- keep an eye out
for a "joey". They were hidden in their pouches on our visit!!
For the adventurers, there is a 300 foot 4 story ZipLine, and a Sky Trail
Climbing experience, and Camel Rides are all
available this summer for a nominal charge. You can also
rent a Swan paddle boat on the pond for those less
The Mokombozo Valley Chimpanzee enclosure is 1/3 acre
and has an indoor viewingarea, so you can see the
chimpanzees up close, even in inclement weather. The Living
Shores Aquarium is filled with aquatic animals such as penquins, fish,
& beaver. You may be able to touch a sea urchin!
The Treasures of the Tropics houses the only Komodo
Dragon in Michigan, along with fruit bats, and dart frogs.
North American Trek features many native animals, such
as grizzly bears, wolverines, and you can watch the playful
river otters swim in their environment.
The South American Boardwalk features the largest rodents
in the world, the capybaras, andthe amazing cultures of the
Maya, Inca, and Aztecs.
Grand Rapids is very proud of its zoo and the recent improvements have
made it even better.
Make your own visit to the zoo and see for yourself!
If you would like further information about Grand Rapids Homes,
please contact me directly.
Grand Rapids Ada Real Estate - Westbrook Realty
Copyright 2008 All rights reserved
zoo photos by Bonnie Westbrook
The authors of the this blog write about Grand Rapids Real Estate,
the Greater Grand Rapids MI area, and what it is like to live in
West Michigan. We believe: Grand Rapids is a Great Place to Live!
Contact Terry 616-292-7263