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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 17-member Board of Directors, chaired by Alex Williams of Winter Park, 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
2018| 2017 | 2017 – Short Year | 2016 | 2015

Audited Financial Statements
2018| 2017 | 2017 – Short Year | 2016 | 2015

Key Staff Members:

Dino Ferri, Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Williams, Ed.D., Zoo Director
Scott Berner, Controller
James E. Bogan Jr., DVM, DABVP, CertAqV, Chief Veterinary Officer
Jennifer Post, Human Resources Specialist
Erica Henschel, Director, Development
Michelle Hoffman, Director, Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation
Julia Krall, Director, Community Engagement
Elena Lamar, Director, Animal Care
Paul Pagello, Director, Facilities


Additional Zoo Contacts:

Media and Public Relations


Volunteer Services

Zoo Annual Passes


Please send all media requests via email to communications@centralfloridazoo.org.


Central Florida Zoological Society Board of Directors

Chair: Alex Williams

Vice Chair: Chandler Robertson

Secretary: Edye Murphy-Haddock


Members, in Alphabetical Order:

Patrick Austin, Sanford City Commission*

Patrick Buchanan, Certified Financial Planner

Tina Calderone, Ed.D., Seminole County School Board*

Kevin DeSanti, AECOM

Elisa Forte, FAIRWINDS Credit Union

Bob Morrison, Rosenfield & Company, PLLC

Edye Murphy-Haddock, Murphy Properties, LLC

Oliver Pinnock, Boss Laser

Chandler Robertson, Thermotane Propane

Al Sarabasa, D&A Building Services

George Smith, Wharton-Smith, Inc.

Stephen Turner, Orlando Health

Brenda Urias, Seminole County Tourist Development Council*

Carrie Vanderhoef, Wekiva Island

Alex Williams, Wayne Densch, Inc.

Jay Zembower, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners*


* Appointed Representative

We are a proud member of the Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce


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