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Detroit Zoological Society

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Detroit Zoological Society is a zoo based in Royal Oak, MI that was founded in 1924. As of 2019 they had $46 million in revenue and $45 million in assets.

The Detroit Zoological Society is a non-profit organization that operates the Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Zoo. The organization has over 56,000 member households and over 1,100 volunteers who contribute 100,000 hours each year.

(248) 541-5717
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Program areas at Detroit Zoological Society

ANIMAL CARE, WELFARE AND CONSERVATION: The Detroit Zoological Society continues its purpose of celebrating and saving wildlife by demonstrating leadership in animal care, wildlife conservation and animal welfare. The Detroit Zoo and Belle Isle Nature Center had 3,109 individual animals representing 245 species in its care as of December 31, 2018. The Detroit Zoological Society is a leader in species conservation through its local, national and international field conservation programs, its support of partners' field conservation work through grants and technical and/or on-the-ground assistance, and captive breeding of threatened and endangered species at the Detroit Zoo. The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo and Aquarium Animal Welfare and Ethics is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.

GUEST ENGAGEMENT: The Detroit Zoological Society continues to inspire the community with engaging, meaningful and memorable experiences. Significant animal habitats/facilities include the Arctic Ring of Life polar bear/seal habitat, the Great Apes of Harambee, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center, the Cotton Family Wolf Wilderness, and the National Amphibian Conservation Center. In 2018 the Detroit Zoo welcomed almost 1.4 million visitors. In addition to animal experiences, other attractions at the Zoo include the 4-D Theater, the Wild Adventure Simulator, Giraffe Encounter, Tauber Family Railroad, Science On a Sphere, and the Carousel. Visitors can also participate in Zoo-sponsored events including Greenfest, Sunset at the Zoo, Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, Run Wild, Zoo Boo and Wild Lights.

EDUCATION: The Detroit Zoological Society continues to provide a broad audience with outstanding and unique educational opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature. Humane education, environmental literacy, responsible resource management, conservation, science literacy and stewardship are fundamental components of education programming. Programs utilize a variety of instructional strategies - including inquiry-based learning, storytelling, interactive technology and citizen science - to meet the various learning styles of the community. Regional school district partnerships enhance humane education and life science experiences in the classroom through onsite programs, teacher training and curriculum support.

Form 990s for Detroit Zoological Society

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Aug 17, 2019990View PDF
2017-12Oct 16, 2018990View PDF
2016-12Sep 7, 2017990View PDF
2015-12Mar 1, 2017990View PDF
2014-12Jul 28, 2015990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Detroit Zoological Society

Total grants, contributions, etc.$22,506,995
Program services$22,548,399
Investment income and dividends$875,164
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$666,235
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$182,298
Net income from fundraising events$137,138
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$37,408
Total revenues$46,953,637

Vendors for Detroit Zoological Society

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
DonorPerfectFundraising software2020-03-03
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███████ ███ ████Fundraising software; Payment processing2020-03-03
█████████Content management system software2020-03-03
█████ ███████████Facilities Maintenance$691,6912018-12-01
█████ ███████ ███████Landscape Services$355,6552018-12-01
█████ █████ ████ █████Legal Services$848,8732018-12-01
██████████ ███Construction Management$1,496,1542018-12-01
...and four more vendors

Personnel at Detroit Zoological Society

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Ron L. KaganExecutive Director and Chief Executive Officer$463,968July 14, 2019
Gerry VanackerChief Operating Officer$240,832July 14, 2019
███████ █████Chief Financial Officer$203,744Aug. 2, 2019
████ ████████████Chief Development Officer$198,661July 14, 2019
█████ ██████Chief Program Officer$158,821July 14, 2019
████ ██████Executive Director$0July 14, 2019
██████ █████████Director of Finance$122,952Dec. 31, 2018
████████ ███████Director of Communications$106,712Dec. 31, 2017
███████ ██████Director of Marketing$145,381Dec. 31, 2018
██████ ████████Director of Human Resources$138,770Dec. 31, 2018
...and seven more key personnel

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4Akron Zoological Park501(c)(3)$14 millionAkron, OH
5Georgia Aquarium501(c)(3)$96 millionAtlanta, GA
6Cheyenne Mountain Zoological Society501(c)(3)$23 millionColorado Springs, CO
7The Phoenix Zoo501(c)(3)$30 millionPhoenix, AZ
8Audubon Nature Institute501(c)(3)$34 millionNew Orleans, LA
9National Aquarium501(c)(3)$47 millionBaltimore, MD
10Columbus Zoological Park Association501(c)(3)$89 millionPowell, OH
11Chicago Zoological Society501(c)(3)$68 millionBrookfield, IL
12Philadelphia Zoo501(c)(3)$38 millionPhiladelphia, PA
13Zoo Atlanta501(c)(3)$19 millionAtlanta, GA
14Monterey Bay Aquarium501(c)(3)$124 millionMonterey, CA
15Dallas Zoo501(c)(3)$27 millionDallas, TX
16Kansas City Zoo501(c)(3)$27 millionKansas City, MO
17Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens501(c)(3)$21 millionJacksonville, FL
18ZooTampa501(c)(3)$26 millionTampa, FL
19Nashville Zoo501(c)(3)$23 millionNashville, TN
20Woodland Park Zoo501(c)(3)$44 millionSeattle, WA
21Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium501(c)(3)$21 millionPittsburgh, PA
22The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore501(c)(3)$18 millionBaltimore, MD
23Houston Zoo501(c)(3)$103 millionHouston, TX
24Santa Barbara Zoological Foundation501(c)(3)$13 millionSanta Barbara, CA
25Birmingham Zoo501(c)(3)$18 millionBirmingham, AL