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Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Houston Zoo

Connecting communities with animals, inspiring action to save wildlife.

four stars

94.94

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

Board Leadership
Stacy Methvin
Board Chair

CEO
Lee Ehmke
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.94 four stars
  Financial 94.08 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

four stars

94.08

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2021 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)
87.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 7.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.08
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 4.67
  Program Expenses Growth 3.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
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) 94.94 four stars
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo (CO) 96.67 four stars
Knoxville Zoological Gardens (TN) 90.30 four stars
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.28 three stars
Oakland Zoo (CA) 97.48 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $23,638,551
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $7,538,100
   Fundraising Events $1,264,744
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $32,441,395
   Program Service Revenue $40,199,677
Total Primary Revenue $72,641,072
   Other Revenue $1,291,259
TOTAL REVENUE $73,932,331
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $45,991,547
   Administrative Expenses $2,916,915
   Fundraising Expenses $3,988,520
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $52,896,982
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $21,035,349
   
Net Assets $239,395,069

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 $39,615,013 86.1%
Wildlife Conservation Program $4,354,596 9.5%
Education Programs $2,021,938 4.4%

Ratings History
Houston Zoo has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 07/01/2021 94.94 four stars
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)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$436,755 0.82% Lee Ehmke President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Zoo (TX) 94.94 four stars
Palm Beach Zoo (FL) 89.06 three stars
San Francisco Zoo (CA) 88.28 three stars
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (CA) 94.60 four stars
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 95.34 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
Board Chair

CEO

Lee Ehmke
President & CEO

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