Disable all preview features

Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Birmingham Zoo

Inspiring Passion to Conserve the Natural World

four stars

94.44

2630 Cahaba Road Birmingham, AL 35223
tel: (205) 879-0409   Web Site
EIN: 62-1231591

Board Leadership
Wally Nall III
Chair

CEO
William R. Foster
President and CEO

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.44 four stars
  Financial 92.15 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Opened in 1955, the Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular attraction, drawing more than 644,000 visitors annually. Approximately 1,000 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, African elephants and other endangered species from six continents. The mission of the Birmingham Zoo is to inspire passion to conserve the natural world through emphasizing conservation, education, scientific study and recreation in all aspects of the Birmingham Zoo's exhibits, programs, facilities and activities. The Zoo's vision is to be the leading zoological and botanical conservation, education and scientific study resource within the U.S. and the family attraction of choice throughout the entire region.

Opened in 1955, the Birmingham Zoo is Alabama's most popular attraction, drawing more than 644,000 visitors annually. Approximately 1,000 animals of 250 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, African elephants and other endangered species from six continents. The mission of the Birmingham Zoo is to inspire passion to conserve the natural world through emphasizing conservation, education, scientific study and recreation in all aspects of the Birmingham Zoo's exhibits, programs, facilities and activities. The Zoo's vision is to be the leading zoological and botanical conservation, education and scientific study resource within the U.S. and the family attraction of choice throughout the entire region.

Results Information

Reported Results
Showing 3 of 7
Total in 2016
Total number of paid admissions
333,523
Number of unique website visitors
454,043
Number of species in collection
213
Number of animals in collection
869
Total numbers of veterinarians registered/licensed by the veterinary statutory body of the country
3
Number of volunteers
277
Number of Facebook followers
73,178
Did you find the Results Information useful?
There was a problem saving your response. Please try again.
Thank you for your feedback. If you wish to share more about this data you may do so below.
Your feedback has been recorded
There was a problem saving your response. Please try again.
This results data is current as of November 2017, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. Results information published on this organization's rating page has no effect on its rating at this time. data iconLearn More

Financial

four stars

92.15

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, 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 10.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.04
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.08
  Program Expenses Growth 4.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Birmingham Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Birmingham Zoo on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 94.44 four stars
Memphis Zoo (TN) 86.72 three stars
Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens (FL) 92.50 four stars
Houston Zoo (TX) 96.34 four stars
The Living Desert (CA) 96.66 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,479,307
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,257,502
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,147,500
Total Contributions $7,884,309
   Program Service Revenue $3,357,771
Total Primary Revenue $11,242,080
   Other Revenue $1,112,240
TOTAL REVENUE $12,354,320
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $8,885,630
   Administrative Expenses $1,074,522
   Fundraising Expenses $169,200
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,129,352
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,224,968
   
Net Assets $29,952,464

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
Operation of Zoo $8,713,552 98.1%
Educational Programs $108,190 1.2%
Publication and Distribution $63,888 0.7%

Ratings History
Birmingham Zoo has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 05/01/2017 94.44 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.91 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-12 02/01/2016 95.76 four stars
2013-12 07/01/2015 94.24 four stars
2012-12 12/20/2013 94.78 four stars
2011-12 02/01/2013 94.18 four stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 84.02 three stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 82.24 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 02/01/2011 78.15 two stars
2008-12 04/01/2010 78.53 two stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 88.11 three stars
2006-12 06/01/2008 98.30 four stars
2005-12 12/15/2006 93.43 four stars
2004-06 09/01/2005 95.71 four 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 62-1231591
Name in IRS Master File BIRMINGHAM ZOO INC
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
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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, 2001
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, 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
$251,477 2.48% William R. Foster Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 94.44 four stars
Tulsa Zoo Friends (OK) 86.36 three stars
Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium (PA) 92.60 four stars
Wildlife Conservation Society (NY) 93.24 four stars
Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (OH) 91.58 four stars

Compare These Charities (Highly Rated)

This charity has an official representative registered with Charity Navigator.

Charity Contact Info

Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
tel: (205) 879-0409
fax: (205) 879-9426
EIN: 62-1231591

Visit Web Site

Board Leadership

Wally Nall III
Chair

CEO

William R. Foster
President and CEO

Join Our Mailing List

Join over 400,000 other informed givers and get updates on charity ratings, new features, hot topics, and tips for donating.