John Ball Zoo

Two visitor attractions in Grand Rapids say they've seen an attendance boost in the year since voters approved a property tax increase to support their operations. That Kent County tax was expected to generate nearly $9 million a year for the John Ball Zoo and Grand Rapids Public Museum.

Monthly we speak to those on behalf of the Seidman College of Business, with Professor Paul Isely discussing the Zoo/Museum Impact Study.

An outdoor lagoon at a western Michigan zoo is being shut down following the deaths of 21 stingrays and sharks. reports Friday that the exhibit at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids has been dismantled.

Eighteen cownose stingrays and three spotted bamboo sharks were found dead July 8 after a mechanical malfunction shut off one of two pumps to the lagoon. Low oxygen levels were found in water samples. / John Ball Zoo

A baby penguin at John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids is being raised by foster parents as part of an effort to improve its chances of survival.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the mother laid two eggs.

Zookeeper Kristi Koole says sometimes the chance of survival isn't as good for the baby from the second egg, since the parents can be preoccupied with the first one.

In this case, the second egg was given to foster mom Rio and her mate, Rascal.

Koole says the arrangement isn't common, but is done if needed.

John Ball Zoo

Mar 29, 2016 / John Ball Zoo

The John Ball Zoo is open for the season and is ready for visitors.  Staff members and a critter join us in studio to tell us all about it.