Zoo Miami Foundation

A rich history and ongoing commitment

Our Mission

We share the wonder of wildlife and help conserve it for generations to come.


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About Zoo Miami Foundation

Zoo Miami Foundation, formerly Zoological Society of Florida, is the non-profit support organization for Zoo Miami. Zoo Miami Foundation was founded in 1956 when the Zoo was located in Crandon Park at Key Biscayne. Starting in the mid-sixties, Zoo members spearheaded a campaign to include plans for a bigger, better zoo on the Miami-Dade County "Decade of Progress" bond issue. Voters approved the bond in 1972 and nine years later Zoo Miami opened its gates at its current location.

Today, Zoo Miami Foundation is one of the largest membership organizations in South Florida. Its Board of Directors includes community leaders in Miami-Dade and Broward counties who are committed to the education, conservation and recreation goals of Zoo Miami. While Miami-Dade County operates and maintains the Zoo, Zoo Miami Foundation, backed by its strong membership, supports Zoo Miami's programs and enhancements.

For more information on Zoo Miami Foundation and its programs, contact us (305) 255-5551 or info@zoomiami.org.

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Annual Reports

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

  2013 Annual Report
2013 Annual Report


Financial Statements

(October 2015 -
September 2016) 
(October 2014 -
September 2015) 
(October 2013 -
September 2014) 

(October 2012 -
September 2013)

IRS Form 990 IRS Form 990

IRS Form 990

IRS Form 990

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Donor Policy

Zoo Miami Foundation Donor Policy Bill of Rights

PHILANTHROPY is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To ensure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, Zoo Miami Foundation declares that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purpose.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about donations is handled with respect and confidentiality to the extent provided by the law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To be assured their mailing information will not be shared.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.

In addition, Zoo Miami Foundation will not trade, share or sell a donor's personal information with anyone else, nor send donor mailings on behalf of other organizations.