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 Alex Williams of Winter Park, Florida.
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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.
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
Jessica Johanson, Director, Guest Services
Julia Krall, Director, Community Engagement
Elena Lamar, Director, Animal Care
Paul Pagello, Director, Facilities
Additional Zoo Contacts:
Sarrah Bates, PR & Digital Communications Specialist, ext. 105
Jillian Ward, Events Manager, ext. 103
Bry Sidwell, Volunteer Manager, ext. 127
Fulfillment Coordinator, ext. 100
Please send all media requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
or call the Zoo at 407-323-4450 ext. 105.
Central Florida Zoological Society Board of Directors
Chair: Alex Williams
Vice Chair: Brenda Urias
Secretary: Edye Murphy-Haddock
Members, in Alphabetical Order:
Patrick Austin, Sanford City Commission*
Jorge Borrelli, Borrelli + Partners, Architects Planners
Tina Calderone, Ed.D., Seminole County School Board*
Charles Davis, Nationwide Insurance
Kevin DeSanti, AECOM
Michelle Gomez Hinden, Esq., B.C.S., Nishad Khan P.L.
Edye Murphy-Haddock, Murphy Properties, LLC
Rob Panepinto, Florentine Strategies
Oliver Pinnock, Boss Laser
Chandler Robertson, Thermotane Propane
Al Sarabasa, D&A Building Services
Alan Singer, Truist
George Smith, Wharton-Smith, Inc.
Phil Tischer, FAIRWINDS Credit Union
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