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Houston Zoo

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Houston Zoo is a zoo based in Houston, TX that was founded in 1920. As of 2019 they had $103 million in revenue and $226 million in assets.

The Houston Zoo provides a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. We strive to be a zoo that practices exemplary animal care, delivers an outstanding guest experience, creates a wor...

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Program areas at Houston Zoo

Aspiring to be one of the best zoos in the country, the Houston Zoo is focused on ensuring that visitors from both within and outside the Houston area feel like they have been as close to the wild as they can get. The Houston Zoo's animal care team, Conservation Education Department, Zoo Rangers, and our Guest Relations personnel lead this effort.The Zoo's animal keepers provide uncompromising excellence in animal care as well as world class guest experiences. During this reporting period, the Houston Zoo animal care participated in Meet the Keeper talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and many other personal animal experiences for our guests which encourage appreciation and empathy for animals in the zoo and in the wild. These experiences help our guests understand how they can help save animals in the wild and how the Houston Zoo directly supports the conservation of various species across the globe. Providing diverse learning ...

The Zoos conservation education programs offer a continuum of learning from birth to adulthood including fee-based educational programs, on-site live interpretation, adult volunteers and interns, and interpretive planning. Fee-based programs include family programs, early childhood programs, summer camp, overnights and ZooMobiles.Conservation Education Programs (1/1/2018 to 12/31/1018): Total persons served: 189,625 (includes onsite interactions by staff interpreters and pre-scheduled, fee-based programming) Pro-bono programming: The Houston Zoo values being a Zoo for All. Conservation Education supports this value by offering free weeklong summer camp experiences for need-based children ages 4-16. In addition, 20% of our ZooMobile programs are pro-bono for the community and we award college scholarships to our Zoo Crew teens that are graduating out of the program to college. Summer Camp scholarships: 204 campersZooMobile programs: 43 programs reaching approx. 3,850 individualsZoo Crew teen college scholarships: 4 teens

The Houston Zoos Wildlife Conservation Program was initiated in 2004 to facilitate leadership in conservation efforts related to the survival of threatened wildlife, the wise use of natural resources, and the appreciation of our natural world. As of fiscal year 2018, we currently support 42 projects in 22 countries around the world including the US. Accordingly, the Houston Zoo has committed 6% of its annual operating budget to support this program, which compares favorably with other zoos, most of which do not make such substantial commitments to conservation from their operating budgets.The Houston Zoo recognizes the need to work both close to home, supporting a number of wildlife reintroduction projects right here in Texas, and also across the globe where we support critical efforts aligned with the animals we house here at the Houston Zoo. These programs quite often focus not only on wildlife but as much on the support ...

Form 990s for Houston Zoo

Fiscal year endingDate received by IRSFormPDF link
2018-12Feb 7, 2020990View PDF
2017-12Feb 21, 2019990View PDF
2016-12Jan 18, 2018990View PDF
2015-12Feb 22, 2017990View PDF
2014-12Jan 12, 2016990View PDF
...and five more Form 990 PDFs

Financials for Houston Zoo

Total grants, contributions, etc.$65,803,520
Program services$36,675,604
Investment income and dividends$538,598
Tax-exempt bond proceeds$0
Royalty revenue$0
Net rental income$0
Net gain from sale of non-inventory assets$299,744
Net income from fundraising events$-89,080
Net income from gaming activities$0
Net income from sales of inventory$0
Miscellaneous revenues$0
Total revenues$103,228,386

Vendors for Houston Zoo

VendorServicesAmount paidDate
WordPressContent management system software2020-03-02
██████ ███ ██████████Tax accounting2020-02-07
██████ ███████ ██ ████████Research$527,0482018-12-01
███████ ███████ ██████████ ███Food Service$1,961,0122018-12-01
████████ █████Centennial Campaign$85,2822018-12-01
██████ █████████Advertising$1,262,0522018-12-01
██████ █████████████Architect$3,821,8312018-12-01
█████████ ████████ ██Construction Service$11,618,6302018-12-01
...and four more vendors

Personnel at Houston Zoo

NameTitleCompensationMost recent data
Lee EhmkePresident and Chief Executive Officer$424,085Feb. 7, 2020
Sheryl KolasinskiChief Operating Officer$235,160Aug. 29, 2019
████ ██████Chief Financial Officer$84,787Aug. 29, 2019
████ ████████Vice President of Development-Aug. 29, 2019
███████ ██████Vice President Human Resources$139,807Aug. 29, 2019
█████ █████Vice President To April$94,751Dec. 31, 2017
██████ █████████Past Chief Financial Officer$170,693Dec. 31, 2018
███████ ████████Past Vice President Development$160,074Dec. 31, 2018
████ █████Vice Chair$0Aug. 29, 2019
██████ ██████Chairman / Vice Chair$0Aug. 29, 2019
...and seven more key personnel

Peer zoos and acquariums

1Woodland Park Zoo501(c)(3)$44 millionSeattle, WA
2San Antonio Zoological Society501(c)(3)$33 millionSan Antonio, TX
3Dallas Zoo501(c)(3)$27 millionDallas, TX
4ZooTampa501(c)(3)$26 millionTampa, FL
5Columbus Zoological Park Association501(c)(3)$89 millionPowell, OH
6Chicago Zoological Society501(c)(3)$68 millionBrookfield, IL
7Monterey Bay Aquarium501(c)(3)$124 millionMonterey, CA
8Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium's501(c)(3)$61 millionOmaha, NE
9Shedd Aquarium501(c)(3)$65 millionChicago, IL
10Clearwater Marine Aquarium501(c)(3)$36 millionClearwater, FL
11Philadelphia Zoo501(c)(3)$38 millionPhiladelphia, PA
12Lincoln Park Zoological Society501(c)(3)$43 millionChicago, IL
13National Aquarium501(c)(3)$47 millionBaltimore, MD
14Detroit Zoological Society501(c)(3)$46 millionRoyal Oak, MI
15Kansas City Zoo501(c)(3)$27 millionKansas City, MO
16Denver Zoological Foundation501(c)(3)$43 millionDenver, CO
17The Phoenix Zoo501(c)(3)$30 millionPhoenix, AZ
18Georgia Aquarium501(c)(3)$96 millionAtlanta, GA
19Toledo Zoological Society501(c)(3)$33 millionToledo, OH
20Audubon Nature Institute501(c)(3)$34 millionNew Orleans, LA
21San Diego Zoo Global501(c)(3)$343 millionSan Diego, CA
22San Francisco Zoo and Gardens501(c)(3)$31 millionSan Francisco, CA
23Fort Worth Zoological Association501(c)(3)$32 millionFort Worth, TX
24Indianapolis Zoological Society501(c)(3)$29 millionIndianapolis, IN
25Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre501(c)(3)$31 millionCanada,