EIN 33-0532354

Aquarium of the Pacific

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Founded in June 1998, the Aquarium of the Pacific is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The Aquarium of the Pacific’s mission is to instill a sense of wonder, respect, and stewardship for the Pacific Ocean, its inhabitants, and ecosystems.
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Aquarium of the Pacific Corporation
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Program areas at Aquarium of the Pacific

Animal care - the Aquarium's husbandry department oversees all of the care, feeding, and life support systems needed to support over 12,000 animals representing over 500 species in more than 100 exhibits, including several touch tank experiences. Sea lions, sea otters, sharks, rays, diving birds, sea jellies, corals, turtles, and fish of all types from temperate to tropical species are on display. Caretaking includes feeding of the highest quality sustainable seafood available, monitoring water quality and all life support systems, medical exams and routine procedures, and providing proper exhibit and behind the scenes space available to the animals.guest services - responsible for all guest interactions except for education and interpretation. Collect funds from on-site visitors, ensure safety and cleanliness of the facilityretail operations - create or research products for sale that reflect the public's direct experience in the Aquarium, including original books interpreting the visitor experience, and merchandise to educate and remind the visitor of their experiences at the Aquarium.
Education & conservation - the education department of the Aquarium of the Pacific strives to ignite interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (stem) by providing opportunities for people of all ages, interests, and backgrounds to wonder, explore, discover, and learn. We do this through programs onsite, online, and in the community. In 2022, the department reached approximately 92,000 people.- 73.7% were with onsite programs including school programs, whale watches, and public programs.- 18% were through our virtual programming including paid virtual field trips and free weekly Aquarium online academy.- 8.3% were with engagements offsite in the community such festivals and community science programs.the Aquarium's conservation work extends across the institution including in the husbandry teams, veterinary services, education department, and volunteer services. In 2022, the Aquarium continued its mountain yellow-legged frog program by releasing individuals to the wild and its sea otter surrogacy program by accepting several rescued baby sea otters.

Who funds Aquarium of the Pacific

Grants from foundations and other nonprofits
The Ahmanson FoundationToward the Sea Otter Surrogacy Project$335,000
National Philanthropic TrustPublic, Societal Benefit$165,500
Schwab Charitable FundEnvironmental and Animals$151,500
...and 73 more grants received totalling $2,170,543

Personnel at Aquarium of the Pacific

Troy GrandeChief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer$166,742
John RouseVice President of Operations / Vice President Operations$264,586
Ryan AshtonVice President of Development$216,812
Kathie NirschlVice President of Human Resources
Kathryn NirschlVice President Human Resource$232,963
...and 13 more key personnel

Financials for Aquarium of the Pacific

RevenuesFYE 12/2022
Total grants, contributions, etc.$5,717,348
Program services$39,976,288
Investment income and dividends$179,768
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$148,001
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$0
Net income from fundraising events$9,523
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$4,269,221
Miscellaneous revenues$1,447,243
Total revenues$51,747,392

Form 990s for Aquarium of the Pacific

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2022-122023-11-14990View PDF
2021-122022-11-15990View PDF
2020-122021-11-12990View PDF
2019-122021-02-26990View PDF
2018-122020-02-10990View PDF
...and 9 more Form 990s

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Akron Zoological ParkAkron, OH$21,451,189
Toledo Zoological SocietyToledo, OH$45,038,256
Philadelphia ZooPhiladelphia, PA$35,542,324
National AquariumBaltimore, MD$54,816,849
Columbus Zoological Park AssociationPowell, OH$89,903,001
Woodland Park ZooSeattle, WA$61,363,354
Data update history
January 22, 2024
Posted financials
Added Form 990 for fiscal year 2022
January 22, 2024
Updated personnel
Identified 2 new personnel
January 2, 2024
Received grants
Identified 24 new grant, including a grant for $100,000 from Windsong Trust
January 1, 2024
Used new vendors
Identified 2 new vendors, including , and
October 25, 2023
Received grants
Identified 10 new grant, including a grant for $335,000 from The Ahmanson Foundation
Nonprofit Types
ZoosAnimal organizationsMuseumsHeadquarter / parent organizationsCharities
MembershipsLobbyingFundraising eventsReceives government fundingEndowed supportCommunity engagement / volunteeringGala fundraisersTax deductible donations
General information
100 Aquarium Way
Long Beach, CA 90802
Metro area
Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA
Los Angeles County, CA
Website URL
(562) 590-3100
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Form 990
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Eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions (Pub 78)
NTEE code, primary
D50: Zoo, Zoological Society
NAICS code, primary
7121: Museums, Historical Sites, and Similar Institutions
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