In Crawford Tigers of the Realm, the largest of the feline predators evokes awe. This solitary hunter roams the forests and you can see them right here on lower and upper realm of the tigers, as well as the trail system between. Their whereabouts might surprise you; you never know where they lurk.
At the Van Andel Living Shores Aquarium, visitors can see clearly into the lives of creatures that live in a stream in Michigan, on the Patagonia coast and your own northwest coast. Stingray Lagoon is just outside. Here, you may touch white spotted bamboo sharks and cow nose stingrays. (Outdoor conditions determine the hours of this exhibit.)
Pelican Pier is the first exhibit to be seen as you enter the zoo. View American White Pelicans and a pair of Bald Eagles.
In Treasure of the Tropics, visitors will come face to face with the vast diversity of amphibians and reptiles as well as small primates.
The Far Side of the World Trail is a wooded trail that features enticements for children, like pretending to ride on the raft of a pirate or ride on a barrel horse.(Seasonal dates of operation, dependent upon outdoor temperatures).
Red's Hobby Farm is an interactive children's zoo that features birds and domestic animals and is open for hands-on experiences daily June-Early September.
In Africa, you will find birds, mammals, and primates. In Mokomboso Valley, there are seven chimpanzees that roam 3.5 acres, one of the largest exhibits of its kind in the country. Bissell's Lions reside next door in Lake Manyara, another exhibit that is among the largest in the country. Catch a glimpse of the ground hornbill, Guinea baboon, warthog and others. Camel rides are also available.
North America is home to any number of beautiful creatures including grizzly bears and mountain lions.
On the other side of the equator, in South America, you'll see the Chilean flamingos, capybaras, saki monkeys, tapir and maned wolves.
Imagine an exhibit devoted to Frogs, where you'll see some50 toads, frogs, and salamanders covering 15 species.
The Idema Forest Realm can be accessed on foot orby the Idema Funicular. This is a gorgeous nature walk in the woods that winds through the back area of the John Ball Zoo to see the grizzly bears and maned wolves, and is home to the Crawford Tigers of the Realm. Visitors are encouraged to walk the entire trail to get the most from the experience, which includes TreeTops Outpost and Children's Nature Play Zones. You'll be rewarded at the end of the trail with a grand view of downtown.
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