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.
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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, 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:
Marketing and Advertising
Zoo Annual Passes
Please send all media requests via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Chandler Robertson, Thermotane Propane
Vice Chair: Bob Morrison, Rosenfield & Company, PLLC
Secretary: Elisa Forte, Fairwinds Credit Union
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