Central Florida Zoological Society

Acting on behalf of wildlife.

About the Central Florida Zoological Society

A 501(c)3, non-profit education and conservation organization that operates the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens in Sanford, FL.

The Zoo was founded in 1923 and enjoyed a rich & storied history in downtown Sanford, prior to moving to its current location across from Lake Monroe in the summer of 1975.

Twenty-three acres of the property feature lush plantings and space dedicated to the care of the 350 animals representing over 100 species in our collection.

The Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors, chaired by Charles Davis of Sanford, Florida.


Finances & Effectiveness:

The Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. is a smart choice for charitable giving and consistently receives high ratings from the independent rating service, Charity Navigator. The Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc. operates the Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens.

Contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. We strive to keep fundraising and administrative costs to a minimum, so that more of the contributions we receive can go directly to program support.

Information on the Central Florida Zoological Society, Inc.’s most recently completed fiscal years, which run from July 1 through June 30, are provided below.

Form 990 Filing
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Audited Financial Statements
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013

Key Staff Members:

Dino Ferri, Chief Executive Officer
Chuck Grimes, Chief Financial Officer
James E. Bogan Jr., DVM, DABVP, CertAqV, Chief Veterinary Officer
Robert Buss, Director of Facilities & Construction
Michelle Hoffman, Deputy Director, Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation
Julia Krall, Deputy Director, Annual Fund & Membership
Elena Lamar, Director of Animal Operations
Stephanie Williams, Director of Education


Additional Zoo Contacts:

Sarrah LaSuer, PR & Digital Communications Specialist, ext. 105

Megan Shutts, Events Manager, ext. 103

Bry Sidwell, Volunteer Manager, ext. 127

Janet Wagner, Fulfillment Coordinator, ext. 100


Please send all media requests via email to information@centralfloridazoo.org
or call the Zoo at 407-323-4450 ext. 135.


Central Florida Zoological Society Board of Directors

Chair: Charles Davis

Vice Chair: Alex Williams

Secretary: Edye Murphy-Haddock


Members, in Alphabetical Order:


Andrew Asher, Winter Park Distilling Company

Maggie Bonko, Orlando Health

Jorge Borrelli, Borrelli + Partners, Architects Planners

Tina Calderone, Seminole County Public Schools

Lee Constantine, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners

Charles Davis, Nationwide Insurance

Mike Lane, Marsh & McLennan Agency

Bob Morrison, Morrison Valuation & Forensic Services

Edye Murphy-Haddock, Murphy Properties, LLC

Rob Panepinto, Community Activist

Chandler Robertson, Thermotane Propane

Al Sarabasa, D&A Building Services

Mark Scheinblum, Mark D. Scheinblum, P.A.

Alan Singer, Commercial Asset Resolution Group BB&T

George Smith, Wharton-Smith, Inc.

Phil Tischer, FAIRWINDS Credit Union

Brenda Urias, AAA Travel Services

Larry Volenec, Florida Power & Light

Alex Williams, Wayne Densch, Inc.


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