Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

San Diego Zoo Global

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

four stars

92.58

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 92.58 four stars
  Financial 89.95 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2017
Number of animals in collection
7,925
Number of species in collection
1,024
Number of species reintroduced to the area(s)
30
This impact information is current as of January 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

89.95

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 06/01/2019 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)
86.1%
  Administrative Expenses 10.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 1.55
  Program Expenses Growth 5.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 31.8%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $85,455,524
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $29,287,861
   Fundraising Events $1,686,539
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $17,913,754
Total Contributions $134,343,678
   Program Service Revenue $180,262,230
Total Primary Revenue $314,605,908
   Other Revenue $27,489,327
TOTAL REVENUE $342,095,235
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $230,403,240
   Administrative Expenses $29,662,814
   Fundraising Expenses $8,589,674
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $268,655,728
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $73,439,507
   
Net Assets $464,945,593

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$900,983 0.33% Douglas Myers President, CEO

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
San Diego Zoo Global (CA) 92.58 four stars
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (PA) 92.87 four stars
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.46 three stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 92.39 four stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 92.76 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