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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 21-member Board of Trustees, chaired by Chandler Robertson 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
2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2017 – Short Year | 2016

Audited Financial Statements
2021 | 2020 | 2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2017 – Short Year | 2016

Key Staff Members:

Richard Glover, Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Williams, Ed.D., Zoo Director
Lee Papert, Chief Development Officer
James E. Bogan Jr., DVM, DABVP, CertAqV, Chief Veterinary Officer and Director, Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation
Stephen Gensel, Chief Financial Officer
Anthony Guastella, Director, Attractions & Events
Paul Pagello, Director, Facilities
Dave Michaud, Manager, IT
Christopher Torge, Director, Animal Operations
Will Wellons, Director, Marketing & Communications
Erin Bussom, Curator, Animal Operations
Dawn Danzi, Manager, Education
Matthew Eldridge, Manager, Marketing & Communications
Dawn-Marie Ferrante, Manager, Events
Emilie Alfonso, Manager, Volunteers
Jordan Martin, Manager, Attractions
Anita Coogan, Manager, Gift Shop

Additional Zoo Contacts:

Private Events

Marketing and Advertising

Volunteer Services

Zoo Annual Passes



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


Central Florida Zoological Society Board of Trustees

Chair: Chandler Robertson, Thermotane Propane

Vice Chair: Oliver Pinnock, Astro Lithium

Secretary: Esther McIllvain, Hawkers Asian Street Food


Members, in Alphabetical Order:

Robert Connelly, Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC

Judy Desrosiers, Orlando Sanford International Airport

Elisa Forte, Fairwinds Credit Union

Traci Houchin, City of Sanford

Amy Lockhart Seminole County Board of County Commissioners

Jeremy McCauley, Appliances of Orlando Inc.

Alecia Meulendyk, Self-Help Credit Union

Geoff Moore, Maher Law Firm

Bob Morrison, Morrison VFS

Melissa Nelson, Rollins College

Trenton Newton, Florida Power & Light

Chair Abby Sanchez, Seminole County School Board

Al Sarabasa, D&A Building Services, Inc.

Nicolet Severe, Seminole County Chamber

Tim Smith, P.E., Wharton-Smith, Inc.

Erik Swenk, Office of Appeal Hearings – Office of Inspector General – DCF

Stephen Turner, MS, LMHC, Orlando Health South Seminole Hospital

Brenda Urias, Sanford Tours & Experiences

Carrie Vanderhoef, Wekiva Island

Samuel Weissman, Weissman / Paul, PLLC

Proud member of

The Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce

The DeLand Area Chamber of Commerce


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