San Francisco Zoo

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco Zoo
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San Francisco Zoo


San Francisco Zoo is a nonprofit zoo. With $31.8m in revenue and 297 employees, it is a relatively large organization. Founded in 1956, San Francisco Zoo is headquartered in San Francisco, CA. The organization is notable for its healthy financials, spending 86% directly on its programs. In recent tax filings, the organization reported expenses of $26.5m.

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San Francisco Zoo


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Mission and Work


To connect people with wildlife, inspire caring for nature, and advance conservation action.

General Public Service

$2.1m annual program spend • (includes: food, merchandise sales, rides and children's zoo.):the San Francisco Zoo serves over 900,000 visitors annually and is open to the public 365 days a year. The facility rests on a 100 acre area with nearly 75 acres devoted to the actual zoo. The zoo is located in the city of San Francisco and sits on the edge of the beautiful pacific ocean. In addition to the animal collection we maintain a large botanical collection of native and foreign plants.

Program 2

$7.1m annual program spend • Membership services, admissions, educational programs, and publications:educational programs and services including docent-guided tours, adult and youth volunteer programs, zoo camp, children's and adult classes, overnights, conservation lecture series, zoo, wildlife theatre presentations and teacher resources.

Program 3

$13.5m annual program spend • Animal collections, exhibits and zoo improvements:the San Francisco Zoo is home to over 2,000 exotic, endangered, and rescued animals comprised of over 250 species from around the world. Visitors can see animals in naturalistic multi-species habitats like the african savanna and enjoy the public viewing of the large cats. The zoo participates in conservation programs that are aimed at saving over 50 species of endangered animals.

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Mission Statement

The mission of San Francisco Zoo & Gardens is to Connect people with wildlife, inspire Caring for nature and advance Conservation action.

Open 365 days a year, San Francisco Zoo is home to more than 2,000 exotic, endangered and rescued animals in 100 acres of majestic and peaceful gardens located directly on the Pacific Coast.

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