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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Houston Zoo

Connecting communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

four stars

96.38

6200 Hermann Park Drive Houston, TX 77030
tel: (713) 533-6819   Web Site
EIN: 74-1590271

Board Leadership
Stacy Methvin
Chair

CEO
Lee Ehmke
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.38 four stars
  Financial 96.81 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. We have over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 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.

Houston Zoo connects communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife. We have over 6,000 permanent residents (our animals) for whom we provide housing, meals, medical care and, yes, even education! There are over 2 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.

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Financial

four stars

96.81

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
86.9%
  Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.09
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.35
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Zoo (TX) 96.38 four stars
The Living Desert (CA) 94.28 four stars
Phoenix Zoo (AZ) 91.94 four stars
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (PA) 93.60 four stars
Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden (OH) 91.64 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $57,123,012
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $7,221,576
   Fundraising Events $1,453,932
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,000
Total Contributions $65,803,520
   Program Service Revenue $36,675,604
Total Primary Revenue $102,479,124
   Other Revenue $749,262
TOTAL REVENUE $103,228,386
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $43,248,916
   Administrative Expenses $2,852,532
   Fundraising Expenses $3,756,737
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $49,858,185
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $53,370,201
   
Net Assets $216,950,654

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
Zoo Management $37,085,186 85.7%
Wildlife Conservation Program $4,254,265 9.8%
Education Programs $1,909,465 4.4%

Ratings History
Houston Zoo has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 06/01/2020 96.38 four stars
2017-12 06/01/2019 95.86 four stars
2016-12 06/01/2018 95.47 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 96.34 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 94.27 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 04/01/2016 93.73 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 96.08 four stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 97.32 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 93.36 four stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 90.86 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 92.18 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/01/2010 95.29 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 84.74 three stars
2007-06 03/01/2009 90.01 four stars
2006-06 07/01/2007 95.05 four stars
2005-06 09/01/2006 90.18 four stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 87.26 three stars
2003-06 01/05/2005 87.18 three stars
2001-12 02/05/2003 85.53 three 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 74-1590271
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON ZOO INC
NTEE Code D11
NTEE Classification Single Organization Support
NTEE Type Animal-Related
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (922) Endowment fund or financial services
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 January, 1967
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$424,085 0.85% Lee Ehmke CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Zoo (TX) 96.38 four stars
Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo (NE) 87.27 three stars
Audubon Nature Institute (LA) 87.62 three stars
John Ball Zoo (MI) 88.00 three stars
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (PA) 93.60 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston Zoo
6200 Hermann Park Drive
Houston, TX 77030
tel: (713) 533-6819
EIN: 74-1590271

Mail donations to:
1513 Cambridge St.
Houston, TX 77030

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Board Leadership

Stacy Methvin
Chair

CEO

Lee Ehmke
President and CEO

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