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ANIMAL WONDERS INC

aka Animal Wonders   |   Missoula , MT   |  www.animalwonders.org
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ANIMAL WONDERS INC

EIN: 26-3339055


Mission

Animal Wonders Inc. and employees dedicate themselves to adopting displaced wildlife and other animals in need, giving them a life-long home, and providing education about exotic and native animals.

Through the use of live animal aids in presentations, meeting Montana science standards, Animal Wonders will educate the public about animals, their environments, and conservation efforts. Animal Wonders will provide exceptional care and respect to any animal that becomes a resident. The animals that are shown in the presentations will demonstrate their species in the wild and give the audience a deeper understanding of that specific animal and how it is a critical part of its environment.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Jessi Knudsen Castaneda

co-founder

Augusto Castaneda

Main address

PO Box 7833

Missoula , MT 59807 USA

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EIN

26-3339055

Subject area info

Education services

Wildlife sanctuaries

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

NTEE code info

Wildlife Sanctuary/Refuge (D34)

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Live Animal Public Presentation

Our animal ambassadors are presented to our community in a public setting and encourage engagement in the amazingness of each species. When people meet our animals face to face they experience an emotional connection to the animal that can create lasting memories and transform good intentions into action.

Population(s) Served

The animal ambassadors travel to a school to teach the students lessons about the environment, life sciences, or the animals themselves.

Population(s) Served
Students
Teachers

Weekly videos on our YouTube channel Animal Wonders Montana that shares information about wild animals and companion animals. Focusing on well rounded knowledge of the animals presented and creating a better life for pets.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

We provide safety and a life long home to nonreleasable wildlife and displaced exotic animals. We do not perpetuate the cycle of rehoming animals who are not suited to be pets, but offer sanctuary to those who need a permanent home.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults
Young adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Financials

ANIMAL WONDERS INC
Fiscal year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

86.66

Average of 17.41 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

14.5

Average of 5.4 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

18%

Average of 7% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

ANIMAL WONDERS INC

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Sep 01 - Aug 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ANIMAL WONDERS INC’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $105,591 $67,455
As % of expenses 97.3% 40.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $100,270 $60,707
As % of expenses 88.1% 34.9%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $214,122 $234,455
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 9.5%
Program services revenue 48.7% 44.3%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 12.2% 4.1%
All other grants and contributions 36.4% 50.3%
Other revenue 2.8% 1.3%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $108,531 $167,000
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 53.9%
Personnel 52.4% 55.7%
Professional fees 2.2% 2.0%
Occupancy 5.7% 3.3%
Interest 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 39.6% 39.0%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $113,852 $173,748
One month of savings $9,044 $13,917
Debt principal payment $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $25,872 $11,403
Total full costs (estimated) $148,768 $199,068

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2021 2022
Months of cash 17.7 14.5
Months of cash and investments 17.7 14.5
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 17.8 15.6
Balance sheet composition info 2021 2022
Cash $159,722 $201,664
Investments $0 $0
Receivables $11,241 $18,289
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $87,824 $99,227
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 10.8% 16.3%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 3.9% 0.8%
Unrestricted net assets $239,725 $300,432
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0
Total net assets $239,725 $300,432

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2021 2022
Material data errors No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jessi Knudsen Castaneda

Jessi Knudsen Castañeda grew up just outside of Missoula, MT. She began rescuing animals at a very early age and always wanted to help the ones no one else wanted. When she was 12 years old she knew she wanted to work with animals, so she began volunteering at a local veterinary clinic and animal sitting for friends.

At 17 she moved to California to find her path in life. She had decided she didn't want to be a vet, but was interested in making wildlife documentaries (imagining The African Wild specials on TV) and attended Chapman University for a degree in film production. After 2 years in the world of film she decided that Hollywood wasn't her style and transferred to Moorpark College to attended the EATM (Exotic Animal Training and Management) program at America's Teaching Zoo.

During the EATM program Jessi gained knowledge and experience with many different species of exotic animals including vervet monkeys, capuchins, baboons, ringtail cat, raccoon, harris' hawk, parrots, African serval, and many more. Jessi received three degrees: Exotic Animal Training & Management, Animal Behavior, and Wildlife Education.

After graduation she was hired to train and cared for the animals at a theme park She gave educational presentations about the animals as well as locally grown farm produce to school groups and the general public. It was here she learned how to entertain while educating. Celery and beets can only hold the attention for so long...

In May 2008, she and husband Augusto Castañeda began the process of creating Animal Wonders Inc. She realized her passion was rescuing animals in need and teaching about the boundless wonders of animals and nature.

In 2012 Jessi was invited onto the set of the YouTube channel Scishow to guest host and present animals for the Talk Show segment. From there she has become a regular guest and in May 2014 she began hosting her own YouTube channel, Animal Wonders Montana. Since the launch of Animal Wonders Montana, Jessi now hosts a children's science show, SciShow Kids.

Jessi Continues to rescue displaced exotic animals. The animals receive a life-long home at Animal Wonders and become ambassadors for their species by giving live presentations in western Montana as well as creating and hosting the educational YouTube channel Animal Wonders Montana.

co-founder

Augusto Castaneda

Augusto Castaneda was born in Lima, Peru. His family moved to the United States when he was 6 years old. They lived in Los Angeles, California for several years, had a short stay in Pennsylvania, and finally settled in Santa Barbara, California. Augusto remembers one very special pet he had, a parakeet, that he trained to fly to his finger.

Augusto attended Santa Barbara City College and received an award for outstanding achievement in Zoology. Living so close to the beach, he gravitated toward ocean life and volunteered for the Santa Barbara Sea Center. There he taught the public at the touch tanks about sea life.

He went on to attend UCSB where he obtained a BA in Physical Anthropology. After graduation he learned of the EATM (Exotic Animal Training and Management) program at Moorpark College and decided that was his calling.

During his time at the EATM program, Augusto gained knowledge and experience with caring for and training many species of exotic animals. He also tried out his public speaking skills in presentations to school groups and to the general public. Among the animals he cared for and trained were an olive baboon, harris' hawk, spotted hyena, agouti (S. Amer. rodent), beaver, and turaco.

Upon graduation he was hired at an animal outreach in Pasadena, California. He gained experience with many more exotic species including: squirrel monkeys, servals, porcupines, lynx, bobcats, kinkajous, alligators, and many more. He honed his public speaking skills by giving live animal presentations daily to inner-city school children and found a passion for educating the kids about exotic animals. His favorite memories are of teaching the kids about the animals and having their faces light up with fascination.

In May 2008, Augusto and Jessi Knudsen began the process of creating Animal Wonders Inc. He found that educating the public, especially children, was his calling. Getting the message to low-income schools is his goal and passion at Animal Wonders.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
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Board co-chair

Katherine Green


Board co-chair

Soazig Le Bihan

Katherine Green

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Organizational demographics

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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