John Ball Zoo jumps into spring


A snow leopard takes a nap at John Ball Zoo. Photo via

The John Ball Zoo Society announced via Facebook that the zoo is now open for the 2013 season, though not all of the exhibits are available for viewing.

What early visitors can see are the chimpanzees, snow leopards, mountain lions, otters, aquarium penguins, indoor aquatic life, Komodo dragon, black-footed cats, many of the small primates, spider monkeys, snakes, frogs, lizards and tortoises.

Spring admission runs from now through May 10 and is $5 for adults and $4 for children ages 3-13. Kids two and under receive free admission. The zoo is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. every day.

Beginning in mid-May, the zoo will introduce a handful of changes and additions.

“We're opening a newly renovated bear exhibit where you'll be able to get nose-to-nose with the bears,” said Krys Bylund, marketing director for the John Ball Zoo Society. “We're also opening a new children's climbing structure, Treetops Outpost. It's an elevated deck that is designed to look like kids built it — rope bridges, cargo netting, etc. We also have a new male lion that we'll be unveiling once the weather warms.”

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