San Diego Zoo Global

Registered Name
Zoological Society of San Diego
Tax ID


Founded in 1916, San Diego Zoo Global (SDZG) operates the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and Institute for Conservation Research. SDZG is committed to saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for nature. Our vision: to lead the fight against extinction! The 100-acre Zoo is home to over 4,000 rare and endangered animals representing more than 800 species and subspecies. The Safari Park is an expansive wildlife sanctuary that is home to more than 3,500 animals representing more than 400 species. The Institute, the world's largest zoo-based conservation research division, is dedicated to preserving and protecting rare and endangered wildlife and habitats. Through our science and curatorial efforts, we have reintroduced many species back to their native rangelands. The education programs at the Zoo and Park reach more than 425,000 school children every year.


Annual Budget
December 2018
+9% Growth
Program Spending
Fundraising Spending
Management Spending


Exhibition and Animal Care Facility Operations


An important part of san diego zoo global's mission of saving species is our ability to reach a wide audience allowing them to learn and care about endangered species. As part of this effort our two wildlife sanctuaries host more than 4.5 million guests each year including more than 350,000 school children that receive free or discounted education programs. The san diego zoo & san diego zoo safari park are accredited and licensed to care for critically endangered plants and animals. The 100 acre zoo is home to more than 3,700 animals representing more than 700 rare and endangered species with more than 700,000 plants of more than 600 species and subspecies. The 1,800 acre safari park and biodiversity reserve is home to more than 2,600 animals representing 300 species.

Research and Conservation Activities


Conservation programsthrough the zoological society of san diego's institute forconservation research, one of the largest zoo-basedmulti-disciplinary research teams in the world. The mission ofthe institute for conservation research is to generate, share andapply scientific knowledge vital to the conservation of animals,plants and habitats. The institute has grown to includeinternational field conservation programs in more than 35countries worldwide.

Educational Programs


Services to over 350,000 students andeducators through school field trips, assembly & classroomprograms, classroom teaching kits, curriculum & activities,teacher workshops and videoconferencing. An additional 60,000guests are reached through sleepovers, camp programs, art &photography classes, team building programs & scavenger hunts andspecial tours. Finally, panda narrators share educationalinformation about pandas to over 1.8 million guests.


Richard Gulley Treasurer
Robert Horsman Chairman
Steven Tappan Vice Chairman
Linda Lowenstine Secretary
Shawn Dixon Chief Operating Officer
Paula Brock Chief Financial Officer
Judith Wheatley Trustee
Rolf Benirschke Trustee
Javade Chaudhri Trustee
Sandra Brue Trustee
Clifford Hague Trustee
Steven Simpson Trustee
Patricia Roscoe Trustee
Douglas Myers President/ceo
Robert Mcclure Dir-sd Zoo Safari Park
Dwight Scott Dir-san Diego Zoo
Mark Stuart Chief Development Officer
Allison Alberts Chief Conservation Officer
David Rice Corp Director of Architecture
Robert Erhardt Chief Technology Officer
Robert Wiese Chief Life Sciences Office
Ted Molter Corp Director of Marketing
Source: IRS 990