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Houston Zoo, Inc.

  • Houston, TX
  • www.houstonzoo.org

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world. In everything we do, we strive to: Be a zoo for all Practice exemplary animal care Deliver an outstanding guest experience Create a workplace that instills empowerment, respect, and teamwork Provide superior education and learning opportunities Promote conservation awareness and action Apply best business practices and sound financial management Inspire broad community support

Main Programs

  1. Wildlife Conservation Program
  2. Houston Zoo Education Programs
  3. Animal Care and Husbandry
  4. African Forest Capital Campaign

ruling year

1967

chief executive

Ms. Deborah Cannon

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Keywords

Animal and wildlife habitat conservation, Werler Society, Corporate Venues, Party Venues, Birthday Swap Shop, Water Play Area, Scouts, Wild Winks, Weddings, Feast with the Beasts Children's education, Natural Encounters, Family recreation, Wildlife Carousel Aquarium, fish, aquatic, sea lions, elephants, tigers, giraffes, primates, reptiles Special Events, Zoo Ball, Zoo Boo, Zoobilee, Horticulture, Gardens, ZooMobile, Camp

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EIN

74-1590271

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

& Aquariums (Aoo)

life Preservation & Protection (Ail)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Programs

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Program 1

Wildlife Conservation Program

Staff-Initiated Wildlife Conservation Projects, Worldwide

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$200,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

Houston Zoo Education Programs

Formal and Public Education and Outreach Programs

Category

Education

Budget

$1,078,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program 3

Animal Care and Husbandry

Daily care, feeding, and maintenance of animals and habitats

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$5,929,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 4

African Forest Capital Campaign

$117.5 million campaign to build an African Forest exhibit

Category

Community Development

Budget

$117,500,000.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Social Media

@houstonzoo

@houstonzoo

@houstonzoo

@houstonzoo

@houstonzoo

Affiliations + Memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals

Accreditations

American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Accreditation

American Zoos and Aquariums Association - Certification

United States Department of Agriculture - Organic Certifying Agent Accreditation

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Financials

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Houston Zoo Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Houston Zoo, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Deborah Cannon

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"Founded in 1922 and set in a 55-acre lush tropical landscape in the heart of the city, the Houston Zoo is home to more than 6,000 animals representing over 800 species. After operating for 80 years as a municipal agency, the Zoo became a non-profit organization in 2002 governed by an independent volunteer board of civic leaders and managed by a dedicated staff. Since its transformation into a non-profit organization, the Houston Zoo has partnered with individuals, organizations, government agencies, and corporations to improve every aspect of the Zoo. From new animal additions to greatly improved habitats and beautification efforts, the Zoo has become a world-class institution. The Houston Zoo is now in the top 10 accredited zoos by the Association of Zoo and Aquariums in terms of attendance, hosting over 2 million visitors annually. The Houston Zoo has a long history of providing family fun and conservation education for our region. We offer access at no charge through free days, the Lone Star Card program for welfare recipients, school field trips and access programs created in partnership with Houston’s leading human service organizations."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Suzanne Paquin Nimocks

McKinsey & Company

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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