GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Residence to over 2,000 animals, John Ball Zoo has been nothing wanting bustling with exercise even earlier than it opened for the 2021 season this previous weekend.
MLive discovered that out first hand, spending parts of a number of days within the weeks main as much as the season-opening day on Saturday. MLive went behind the scenes to comply with a few of the devoted employees who’ve cared for animals all through the pandemic.
Scroll all the way down to see our favourite pictures of the zoo’s animals being cared for by employees or simply hanging out through the pandemic.
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John Ball Zoo’s veterinary employees and different animal care staff members labored by way of the pandemic to maintain animals secure and wholesome. In 2020, the zoo needed to delay its regular March opening two months as a result of coronavirus pandemic however was capable of open from June till November, with restricted capability and timed tickets.
Whereas the months being closed had been annoying, head veterinarian Dr. Ryan Colburn stated they had been crucial for the zoo to take preemptive measures to make sure the protection of each the animals and their company.
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“Actually, it’s necessary for us to be open in order that we proceed to perform financially and might have the sources we have to take care of the animals. However from a security perspective, we actually wanted to deal with these orders and delay our opening,” he stated. “I feel in the end that time frame, whereas annoying being closed, gave us that point internally to work on all of these issues as a staff to guarantee that after we did open we had been capable of open, proper.“
Spring hours for the John Ball Zoo are Monday by way of Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to six p.m. Ticket data is obtainable at www.jbzoo.org/visitandtickets.
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