Minnesota Zoo

Apple Valley, MN

Minnesota Zoo
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Minnesota Zoo


Minnesota Zoo is a foundation focused on animals. With $4.0m in revenue and 14 employees, it is a mid-sized organization. Founded in 1975, Minnesota Zoo is headquartered in Apple Valley, MN. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $4.0m.

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The Minnesota ZOO FOUNDATION raises contributed income on behalf of the Minnesota Zoo and related conservation programs. The mission of the Minnesota Zoo is to connect people, animals, and the natural work to save wildlife.

Program 1

$2.4m annual program spend • Funds granted to the zoo provide opportunities for people to connect with animals and the natural world through world-class exhibits; award-winning education programs; wildlife conservation initiatives; and activities that inspire people of all ages to get outside and connect with nature. Programs include the free to explore, which provides free access each year to an est. 90,000 adults and their families on public assistance, zoomobile which reaches 47 counties and over 50,000 people annually; zoo camp and stem education programs for more than 400,000 participants; exceptional animal welfare for the 4,900+ animals in the zoo's care, many of which are threatened or endangered in the wild; collaborative wildlife projects to protect pollinators, bison, mussels, and more; health and wellness programs for guests as they connect to nature; equity and inclusion initiatives through zoounlimited; and stewardship of 485 acres of forest, prairie, and lakes.

Program 2

$473k annual program spend • Funds granted to conservation projects around the world help the Minnesota Zoo and the Minnesota ZOO FOUNDATION fulfill their shared mission to save wildlife. The zoo is an international leader in tiger conservation in russia, malaysia, and sumatra; asian wild horse conservation in mongolia; and black rhino conservation in namibia. These projects also help to raise awareness for the plight of these species in their local communities. To date, grants have been made to more than 150 wildlife projects in more than 50 countries.

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