Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Wildlife Conservation Society

Saving wildlife

four stars

95.34

2300 Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10460
tel: (718) 741-1654   Web Site
EIN: 13-1740011

Board Leadership
Antonia M. Grumbach
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Cristián Samper
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.34 four stars
  Financial 94.77 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, including helping the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, including helping the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

Financial

four stars

94.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
83.9%
  Administrative Expenses 11.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 2.02
  Program Expenses Growth 6.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 23.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wildlife Conservation Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Wildlife Conservation Society on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $56,072,095
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $3,769,015
   Fundraising Events $1,098,847
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $120,886,717
Total Contributions $181,826,674
   Program Service Revenue $65,277,375
Total Primary Revenue $247,104,049
   Other Revenue $16,759,709
TOTAL REVENUE $263,863,758
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $251,018,947
   Administrative Expenses $32,330,289
   Fundraising Expenses $11,600,904
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $294,950,140
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-31,086,382
   
Net Assets $838,965,952

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$940,540 0.31% Cristian Samper President & CEO

Mission

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), founded in 1895 saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutions in New York City on important issues affecting our planet. Our parks include: the Bronx Zoo, New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens Zoo. The WCS parks in New York City welcome 4 million visitors each year, including helping the city to educate millions of schoolchildren in science and conservation issues.

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Charity Contact Info

Wildlife Conservation Society
2300 Southern Boulevard
Bronx, NY 10460
tel: (718) 741-1654
EIN: 13-1740011

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Board Leadership

Antonia M. Grumbach
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Cristián Samper
President and CEO