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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

San Diego Zoo Global

Our driving vision: We will lead the fight against extinction!

four stars

92.36

2920 Zoo Drive San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 557-3947   Web Site
EIN: 95-1648219

Board Leadership
Steven G. Tappan
Chairman of the Board

CEO
Douglas G. Myers
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.36 four stars
  Financial 89.63 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1916, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Institute for Conservation Research. SDZG is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Our vision: to lead the fight against extinction!

The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies.

The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species.

The Institute, the world's largest zoo-based conservation research division, is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats. Through our science and curatorial efforts, we have reintroduced many species back to their native rangelands.

The education programs at the Zoo and Park reach more than 425,000 school children every year.

Founded in 1916, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Institute for Conservation Research. SDZG is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Our vision: to lead the fight against extinction!

The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies.

The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species.

The Institute, the world's largest zoo-based conservation research division, is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats. Through our science and curatorial efforts, we have reintroduced many species back to their native rangelands.

The education programs at the Zoo and Park reach more than 425,000 school children every year.

Financial

three stars

89.63

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 05/01/2018 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
86.8%
  Administrative Expenses 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.32
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 37.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Zoo Global on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by San Diego Zoo Global on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Zoo Global (CA) 92.36 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 92.39 four stars
Sedgwick County Zoological Society (KS) 90.32 four stars
National Aviary (PA) 91.86 four stars
Lincoln Park Zoo (IL) 85.43 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $37,639,207
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $25,859,255
   Fundraising Events $2,249,079
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $16,058,916
Total Contributions $81,806,457
   Program Service Revenue $184,309,960
Total Primary Revenue $266,116,417
   Other Revenue $22,189,042
TOTAL REVENUE $288,305,459
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $228,008,706
   Administrative Expenses $27,859,189
   Fundraising Expenses $7,822,964
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $263,690,859
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $24,614,600
   
Net Assets $372,956,104

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
Animal Exhibition Facilities $199,105,763 87.3%
Research and Conservation Activities $23,604,763 10.4%
Educational Programs $5,298,180 2.3%

Ratings History
San Diego Zoo Global has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2016-12 05/01/2018 92.36 four stars
2015-12 03/01/2017 90.13 four stars
2014-12 12/21/2016 89.25 three stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 89.09 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 03/01/2016 89.32 three stars
2013-12 03/01/2015 93.81 four stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 92.81 four stars
2011-12 12/20/2012 91.55 four stars
2010-12 02/01/2012 87.23 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 91.04 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 07/01/2011 88.42 three stars
2008-12 07/01/2010 91.37 four stars
2007-12 04/01/2009 90.49 four stars
2006-12 05/01/2008 93.88 four stars
2005-12 07/01/2007 93.84 four stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 92.47 four stars
2003-12 05/01/2005 70.23 two stars
2002-12 05/01/2004 79.86 two stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 77.43 two stars
2000-12 10/15/2002 77.97 two 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 95-1648219
Name in IRS Master File ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY OF SAN DIEGO
NTEE Code D50
NTEE Classification Zoo, Zoological Society
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (59) Other school related activities
(60) Museum, zoo, planetarium, etc.
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 April, 1942
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 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
$865,493 0.32% Douglas Myers President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Zoo Global (CA) 92.36 four stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 91.58 four stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 90.19 four stars
The Living Desert (CA) 97.58 four stars
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 95.94 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

San Diego Zoo Global
2920 Zoo Drive
San Diego, CA 92101
tel: (619) 557-3947
fax: (619) 744-3345
EIN: 95-1648219

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 120551
San Diego, CA 92112

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Board Leadership

Steven G. Tappan
Chairman of the Board

CEO

Douglas G. Myers
President, CEO

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