WOODLAND PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

aka Woodland Park Zoo or WPZ   |   Seattle, WA   |  www.zoo.org

Mission

WOODLAND PARK ZOO SAVES WILDLIFE AND INSPIRES EVERYONE TO MAKE CONSERVATION A PRIORITY IN THEIR LIVES.

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Founded in 1899, Woodland Park Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and certified by the rigorous American Humane Conservation program. The Humane Certified™ seal of approval is another important validation of the zoo's long-standing tradition of meeting the highest standards in animal welfare. Woodland Park Zoo is helping to save animals and their habitats through more than 35 field projects in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Each year, the zoo engages more than a million visitors of all ages, backgrounds, abilities, and walks of life in extraordinary experiences with animals, inspiring them to make conservation a priority in their lives and a difference in our planet's future ecological health and sustainability.

Ruling year info

1967

President and CEO

Alejandro Grajal PhD

Main address

5500 Phinney Ave N

Seattle, WA 98103 USA

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EIN

91-6070005

NTEE code info

Zoo, Zoological Society (D50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

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Our programs

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Education and Conservation

Education and Conservation: From our Zoomazium facility for early learners and science-based elementary school programs to our Advanced Inquiry masters degree program for educators, Woodland Park Zoo pursues a developmental approach to lifelong learning. We seek to foster empathy for nature, build conservation knowledge and skills, and increase personal ownership for actions that benefit wildlife and habitats. Five strategic initiatives focus our zoo education work: Connecting children to nature; Intensifying the impact of zoo experiences; Deepening science education and increasing ecological literacy; Empowering conservation leaders; and Strengthening our leadership through education research. The zoo serves a large regional audience and is a major Washington state attraction, drawing more than a million visitors annually. In addition, each year more than 500,000 visitors participate in the zoo's free public programs and more than 70,000 students, teachers and chaperones visit the zoo in school groups or received a zoo outreach program. Woodland Park Zoo annually provides 40,000 complimentary tickets to more than 300 King County social service organizations for individuals that may be limited in their ability to pay admission fees.

As a prominent community icon in the Pacific Northwest, Woodland Park Zoo is well positioned to reach millions of people each year with the unique opportunity to connect with nature, learn about conservation issues around the globe, and take action to make a difference for wildlife. From the Pacific Rim, including the Pacific Northwest, to Central Asia, South America and Africa, our expertise and support build capacity for field scientists, train emerging wildlife professionals, and help local communities create wildlife-friendly livelihoods. In our own backyard, Woodland Park Zoo’s efforts to save wildlife through the Western Pond Turtle Recovery Project, the Oregon Spotted Frog Reintroduction Project and the Oregon Silverspot Captive Rearing Program are helping to bring these species back from near extinction. Conservation education is the heart of Woodland Park Zoo, and we are inspiring the next generation to care and act on behalf of animals in the wild—because nature needs us now more than ever before.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Woodland Park Zoo's dedication to excellence in animal care is a cornerstone of Woodland Park Zoo. Its animal care professionals are experts in the evolving fields of zoo animal medicine and zookeeping. The zoo encompasses 92 acres and manages the largest live animal collection in Washington state with more than 1,000 animals representing more than 300 species. The zoo provides a home for 47 endangered and 20 threatened or vulnerable animal species. The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) has honored the zoo with seven major exhibit awards: Humboldt penguin, Jaguar Cove, Trail of Vines, Northern Trail, Tropical Rain Forest, Elephant Forest and Savanna Outlook. Only the Bronx Zoo has received more exhibit awards.

Population(s) Served

Woodland Park Zoo’s exhibit areas include outdoor and indoor spacious settings that are mentally, socially and physically healthier for the animals with a focus on underscoring the critical relationship between animals and their habitat and immersing visitors in realistic landscapes that mimic the habitats of animals. The world of gorillas, grizzlies, lions, birds, snakes, turtles and more are featured. Penguins "fly” underwater along a stunning desert coast. Orangutans in an open forest canopy go eye-to-eye with visitors. Zoomazium’s nature play space offers year round playing and learning for kids 0 to 8 years.

The zoo's botanical collection also includes more than 92,000 plants and trees representing more than 1,300 species. Trees help stabilize soil and provide shade, canopy or shelter for animals. Other plants help illustrate habitats from far reaches of the globe. Many of our plants and trees burst forth with floral displays, providing food for insects and birds and beauty for zoo visitors.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Woodland Park Zoo depends on zoo visitors, events and programs to help fund our animal care teams, educational experiences and conservation work. With our gates closed March 12 through June 30, we have been impacted by substantial financial losses. Our community has given us hope, generosity and optimism during these very turbulent times. Woodland Park Zoo launched a relief fund on March 25 to help continue care for the nearly 1,000 animals that call the zoo home.

With our doors back open and current operations at 25%, we still face many challenges ahead. The devastating loss of earned revenue has impacted the zoo across the board, including the size of our staff and the number of programs we are able to offer. However, we remain steadfast in our mission. Our ability to save animals and serve our community relies on your gifts.

We need your continued support this year to keep our vital work going. Your gift today of any size will enable us to continue providing the best possible care for all of our animals, each and every day, and to help us recover from COVID-related impacts.

Thank you for supporting Woodland Park Zoo!

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

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WOODLAND PARK ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Board of directors
as of 2/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Matt Rosauer

Pine Street Group LLP

Term: 2019 - 2021

Irwin Goverman

Jill Walker

Starbucks

Laurie Stewart

Sound Community Bank

Sandy Stelling

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes