Animals : Zoos and Aquariums

Birmingham Zoo

Inspiring Passion to Conserve the Natural World

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four stars

93.98

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

Board Leadership
Wally Nall III
Chair

CEO
Chris Pfefferkorn
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.98 four stars
  Financial 91.49 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2017
Total number of paid admissions
323,201
Number of unique website visitors
448,787
Number of species in collection
211
Number of animals in collection
656
Total numbers of veterinarians registered/licensed by the veterinary statutory body of the country
2
Number of volunteers
300
Number of Facebook followers
98,000
This impact information is current as of September 2019, 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

four stars

91.49

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
86.3%
  Administrative Expenses 11.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 3.51
  Program Expenses Growth 4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 14.2%
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.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,273,593
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $1,547,570
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,151,500
Total Contributions $13,972,663
   Program Service Revenue $3,824,361
Total Primary Revenue $17,797,024
   Other Revenue $873,160
TOTAL REVENUE $18,670,184
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,638,811
   Administrative Expenses $1,529,071
   Fundraising Expenses $304,008
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,471,890
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $7,198,294
   
Net Assets $38,256,334

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$222,665 1.94% Dr William R Foster Chief Executive Officer

Mission

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Birmingham Zoo (AL) 93.98 four stars
Blank Park Zoo (IA) 88.24 three stars
Fort Worth Zoo (TX) 85.70 three stars
Sacramento Zoo (CA) 93.38 four stars
Audubon Nature Institute (LA) 87.53 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Wally Nall III
Chair

CEO

Chris Pfefferkorn
President and CEO