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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

ZooTampa at Lowry Park

Offering enjoyment for everyone

four stars

91.76

1101 West Sligh Avenue Tampa, FL 33604
tel: (813) 935-8552   Web Site
EIN: 59-2328289

Board Leadership
Marylou Bailey
Chair

CEO
Joseph A. Couceiro
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.76 four stars
  Financial 96.17 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The region's only dedicated zoological garden, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was designed to enhance quality of life in greater Tampa Bay as an affordable leisure destination and center for education and endangered species conservation. Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 2,000 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Florida wildlife center and manatee hospital, Asian Gardens, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviaries, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and Safari Africa. The Florida Environmental Education Center (The Zoo School) serves more than 147,000 children annually. Programs offered are summer and holiday camps, daycare, preschool, and kindergarten. Re-opened at its current site in 1988, Lowry Park Zoo is today the number-one family-friendly zoo in the U.S. and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity.

The region's only dedicated zoological garden, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo was designed to enhance quality of life in greater Tampa Bay as an affordable leisure destination and center for education and endangered species conservation. Natural outdoor exhibits for more than 2,000 animals from Florida and similar habitats include a Florida wildlife center and manatee hospital, Asian Gardens, Primate World, Free-Flight Aviaries, Wallaroo Station children's zoo, and Safari Africa. The Florida Environmental Education Center (The Zoo School) serves more than 147,000 children annually. Programs offered are summer and holiday camps, daycare, preschool, and kindergarten. Re-opened at its current site in 1988, Lowry Park Zoo is today the number-one family-friendly zoo in the U.S. and recognized by the State of Florida as a center for Florida wildlife conservation and biodiversity.

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Financial

four stars

96.17

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
87.8%
  Administrative Expenses 9.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.45
  Program Expenses Growth 8.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 26.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ZooTampa at Lowry Park on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by ZooTampa at Lowry Park on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ZooTampa at Lowry Park (FL) 91.76 four stars
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (PA) 92.60 four stars
Nashville Zoo (TN) 98.99 four stars
The Living Desert (CA) 97.58 four stars
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 90.68 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,672,538
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $289,133
   Related Organizations $837,532
   Government Grants $2,431,125
Total Contributions $6,230,328
   Program Service Revenue $13,400,466
Total Primary Revenue $19,630,794
   Other Revenue $4,604,749
TOTAL REVENUE $24,235,543
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $20,946,537
   Administrative Expenses $2,190,751
   Fundraising Expenses $537,777
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $23,675,065
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $560,478
   
Net Assets $31,560,760

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Conservation Program $20,946,537 100.0%

Ratings History
ZooTampa at Lowry Park has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 12/01/2018 91.76 four stars
2016-09 03/01/2018 94.11 four stars
2015-09 03/01/2017 94.74 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 93.05 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 91.88 four stars
2013-09 12/22/2014 92.38 four stars
2012-09 11/01/2013 83.54 three stars
2011-09 08/01/2012 84.68 three stars
2010-09 02/01/2012 84.45 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 81.70 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/01/2010 82.14 three stars
2008-09 04/01/2010 85.57 three stars
2007-09 03/01/2009 88.03 three stars
2006-09 06/01/2007 83.00 three stars
2005-09 09/01/2006 90.89 four stars
2004-09 06/01/2005 90.86 four stars
2003-09 07/01/2004 93.35 four stars
2002-09 06/09/2003 95.76 four stars
2001-09 02/05/2003 95.81 four stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 59-2328289
Name in IRS Master File LOWRY PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF TAMPA INC
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date December, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$240,598 1.01% Joseph Couceiro CEO/Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
ZooTampa at Lowry Park (FL) 91.76 four stars
Audubon Nature Institute (LA) 86.02 three stars
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 95.94 four stars
Tulsa Zoo Friends (OK) 85.13 three stars
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 85.43 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

ZooTampa at Lowry Park
1101 West Sligh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33604
tel: (813) 935-8552
fax: (813) 935-9486
EIN: 59-2328289

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Board Leadership

Marylou Bailey
Chair

CEO

Joseph A. Couceiro
CEO

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