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Detroit Zoological Society Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/31/2014: Detroit Zoological Society

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: DETROIT ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

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AKA  DZS
Royal Oak, MI
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Detroit Zoological Society Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/31/2014: Detroit Zoological Society

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: DETROIT ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

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Also Known As: DZS
Physical Address: Royal Oak, MI 48067 3001
EIN: 38-6027356
Web URL: www.detroitzoo.org 
NTEE Category: D Animal related
D20 Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs)
B Educational Institutions
B01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
C Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification
C01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Year Founded: 1911 
Ruling Year: 1958 
How This Organization Is Funded: Earned Revenue - $16,992,011
Donated Revenue - $8,734,329
Government Support & Other - $11,529,669


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Mission Statement

The Mission of the Detroit Zoological Society is to: Demonstrate leadership in wildlife conservation and animal welfare; Provide a broad audience with outstanding and unique educational opportunities that lead to the appreciation and stewardship of nature; Inspire our community with engaging, meaningful and memorable experiences; Provide innovative zoological facilities that contribute to the regions economic vitality; and Demonstrate organizational excellence consistent with a commitment to outstanding service, progressive resource management and environmental leadership.

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Fiscal Year Starting: January 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $32,032,774
Total Expenses $33,348,122

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Leadership

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Mr. Ron L. Kagan

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Bio of Ron L Kagan Ron is Director of the Detroit Zoological Society. He has authored a number of articles in journals, encyclopedias and books and also created, co-wrote and co-produced award-winning documentaries. Over the years Ron has lead the development of unique and award-winning programs and facilities including a Gorilla Conservation Research Center, a Wildlife Interpretive Gallery (dedicated to exploring the relationship between humans and animals over time and in different cultures), the National Amphibian Conservation Center, the Arctic Ring of Life and the Wild Adventure Simulator (a motion-based cabin simulator that builds empathy for other species as people experience the world of animals through their eyes). Ron is an active and integral member of S.E. Michigan’s cultural institution leadershiMichigan’s Cultural Tourism Taskforce, the Michigan Museum Association, the Michigan Nature Conservancy, the International Black Rhino Foundation, the American Association of Museums, and the American Zoo and Aquarium Association’s Board of Regents. He is a board member of the International Council of Museums/U.S.

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Budget:
$16,544,700
Category:
Animal-Related
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Adults
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Program Description:

The 125-acre Detroit Zoo, with its more than 50 major exhibits, serves more than one-million annual visitors and 54,000 member households. The Zoo's conservation, education and collections programs focus on providing top-quality care for animals and exceptional experiences for visitors. The Zoo's visitors are primarily southeastern Michigan residents of diverse demographics, though the Zoo also welcomes tourists from across the nation and worldwide. Approximately 400,000 children visit the Zoo each year, 150,000 of them with organized school groups. Another 10,000 children participate in formal education programs, from summer camps to wildlife art to humane education, which are conducted both onsite and in local schools, libraries and at the Children's Hospital of Michigan. Approximately 1,800 vertebrates and 5,000 invertebrates, representing 270 species, make their home at the Detroit Zoo.  The Zoo has won two major national awards from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for significant exhibits. The Detroit Zoo also participates in several important conservation initiatives, both locally and worldwide, and maintains several significant partnerships.

Program Long-Term Success:

Two of the Zoo's nationally recognized conservation projects are the fight to save the endangered Karner blue butterfly and preservation of the Wyoming toad. This year the Zoo began a captive breeding program for the endangered Karner blue butterfly as part of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service's Karner Blue Butterfly Recovery Plan. The Detroit Zoo's National Amphibian and Conservation Center also successfully produced 40 toadlets through a collaborative captive breeding program.

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Program: Conservation (GuideStar Exchange,
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Peruvian Amphibian Population Assessment The Detroit Zoo is involved in an assessment of amphibian populations in Amazonia Peru. The project includes field surveys to document species living in several sites along the Amazon and Napo rivers, testing for chytrid fungus, an amphibian disease that is wiping out amphibian populations throughout South America, and education of local people about amphibians. People living in and around the study sites assist with conducting surveys and be a part of conserving their unique and fragile environmental heritage. The project will include educating adults and school kids on the importance of amphibians as bio-indicators and how important amphibians are in the web of life, and also dispelling myths about amphibians, such as that humans can contract diseases from toads. Changing erroneous and harmful public attitudes about animals is a critical step in saving wildlife. Conservation Support The Detroit Zoo also supports the work of biologists and conservation organizations around the world. These and other, smaller projects, are examples of real world wildlife conservation efforts that demonstrate the global reach and impact of the DZS’ conservation programs. Polar Bears Polar Bears in the Chukchi Sea move freely across the international border between the U.S. and Russia, using both countries during important parts of their life history. Concurrent research in both countries is needed to understand the status of the entire population. The Detroit Zoo supports critical field research on polar bears on Wrangel Island, off the coast of Russia, which contains one of the highest known concentrations of polar bear cubbing dens. Information on population status and habitat use of this important international population is urgently needed to better understand how polar bears are faring as a result of climate change and increasing human use of bear habitat. Amphibians In addition to the captive amphibian programs at the National Amphibian Conservation Center and the local field programs for amphibians in southeast Michigan and Peru, the Detroit Zoo also supports the work of the Amphibian Survival Alliance, which develops and coordinates amphibian conservation efforts around the world, as well as species-focused projects through the Species Survival Programs for Wyoming toads, Puerto Rican crested toads, and Panamanian golden frogs. Turtles Turtle populations in many countries are facing a crisis due to habitat destruction, trapping for the worldwide captive turtle trade and hunting for sale in Asian food markets. It is estimated that as many as 10,000 turtles are disappearing from the wild each day. The Detroit Zoological Society provides financial support for biologists working with the Turtle Survival Alliance to study and protect turtles in India and Southeast Asia. Elephants The Detroit Zoo supports elephant conservation through its long term commitment to the African Elephant Conservation Trust, which initiates, supports and ensures the continuation of key elephant research projects across the African continent. The Trust is developed on the work of elephant expert Cynthia Moss who has studied and protected the elephants of Kenya’s Amboseli National Park for over 35 years. Chipangali Wildlife Trust The Zoo supports important research conducted by Chipangali Wildlife Trust’s research staff on the duikers (forest antelopes) of sub-Saharan Africa and on leopards, cheetahs and brown hyenas in Zimbabwe as well as the conservation and care of animals at Chipangali Wildlife Orphanage in Zimbabwe.
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