Animal related

Houston Zoo, Inc.

  • Houston, TX
  • www.houstonzoo.org

Mission Statement

The Houston Zoo's mission is to provide a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.

Main Programs

  1. Naturally Wild Conservation Program
  2. Educational Programming

service areas

International

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ruling year

1967

chief executive

Ms. Deborah Cannon

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co-chief executive

Mr. Rick Barongi

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Keywords

zoo, animal, education, conservation, environmental

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EIN

74-1590271

Physical Address

6200 Hermann Park Drive

Houston, TX 77030

Also Known As

HZI

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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?

Impact statement

Essentially a small city encompassing a world of ecosystems and experiences, the Houston Zoo is made up of many moving parts. We have over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! In addition, we have 1.84 million guests each year who come to experience our incredible variety of animals and ecosystems, as well as attend special private and public events and entertainment. Our dedicated staff works around the clock to ensure that the Zoo is always running smoothly for the safety and well being of our residents and guests.

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

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Naturally Wild Conservation Program

In addition, through our Naturally Wild Conservation Programs, the Zoo preserves biological diversity and seeks to ensure the survival of species and their natural habitats at home and abroad. The Zoo currently participates in over 20 projects in 11 different countries; including 6 “Lone Star State Wildlife Initiatives”.  Whether rare, endangered, or even common, whether they reside in shrinking forests or vast untouched regions, our goal is to help sustain wild animal populations and preserve as much of our planet as possible while doing so.

Category

Animal-Related

Budget

$947,793.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

Program 2

Educational Programming

Our mission is to “provide a fun, unique, and inspirational experience fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.” We achieve this through education and conservation programs centered around our ‘animal ambassadors’ and their wild counterparts around the world.

 

Children and adults alike connect with Earth’s remaining wilderness though experiences at the Zoo. In 2008 alone, over 48,000 guests participated in formal education and outreach programs offered by the Zoo, and even more of our 1.6 million annual guests took advantage of our informal educational initiatives.

Each educational component––from our interactive signage to our overnight experiences––exists to inspire our guests with a single message: the vanishing natural world is worth saving.

Category

Education

Budget

$1,125,199.00

Population Served

General Public/Unspecified

service areas

International

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Blog

The organization's Blog

Social Media

@houstonzoo

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Accreditations

Association of Zoos and Aquariums- Certification

Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance

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Houston Zoo Inc
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
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Houston Zoo, Inc.

Leadership

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CHIEF EXECUTIVE FOR FISCAL YEAR

Ms. Deborah Cannon

co-chief executive

Mr. Rick Barongi

BIO

A long-time resident of Texas, Deborah M. Cannon attended Georgetown University and earned her BBA from Southern Methodist University. She began her banking career in Dallas with Republic National Bank and retired as President of Bank of America in Houston. At the time of her retirement, she was directing business in ten states and was the senior banking executive for community and civic activities in Harris County. Ms. Cannon was the first woman to represent Bank of America overseas and was the first female chair of the Greater Houston PartnershiMs. Cannon has served on a number of boards of directors including the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, the M. D. Anderson Board of Visitors, Memorial Hermann Hospital System Board, the Houston Small Business Development Corporation, Episcopal Health Charities, and the Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Management Council of Overseers.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Suzanne Nimocks

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