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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 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
2019 | 2018 | 2017 | 2017 – Short Year | 2016

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

Key Staff Members:

Dino Ferri, Chief Executive Officer
Stephanie Williams, Ed.D., Zoo Director
Scott Berner, Chief Financial Officer
James E. Bogan Jr., DVM, DABVP, CertAqV, Chief Veterinary Officer and Director, Orianne Center for Indigo Conservation
Jennifer Post, Human Resources Specialist
Will Wellons, Director, Marketing & Communications
Daphne Keys, Director, Development
Paul Pagello, Director, Facilities
Christopher Torge, Director, Animal Operations

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 Directors

Chair: Chandler Robertson, Thermotane Propane

Vice Chair: Bob Morrison, Rosenfield & Company, PLLC

Secretary: Elisa Forte, Fairwinds Credit Union


Members, in Alphabetical Order:

Rosemary R. Aldridge, P.E., CHMM, Neel-Schaffer, Inc.

Commissioner Patrick Austin, Sanford City Commission

Kevin DeSanti, Finance Committee Chair, CPA

Oliver Pinnock, Development Committee Chair, Boss Laser

Abby Sanchez, Seminole County School Board

Al Sarabasa, D&A Building Services, Inc.

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, Marketing Committee Chair, AAA Travel Services

Carrie Vanderhoef, Special Events Committee Chair, Wekiva Island

Samuel Weissman, Weissman / Paul, PLLC

Commissioner Jay Zembower, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners

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


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