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.
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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.
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
Alyssa Castillo, Controller
Anthony Guastella, Director, Attractions & Events
Paul Pagello, Director, Facilities
Christopher Torge, Director, Animal Operations
Will Wellons, Director, Marketing & Communications
Erin Bussom, Curator, Animal Operations
Dawn Danzi, Manager, Education
Jennifer Post, Manager, Human Resources
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:
Marketing and Advertising
Zoo Annual Passes
Please send all media requests via email to email@example.com.
Chair: Chandler Robertson, Thermotane Propane
Vice Chair: Bob Morrison, Rosenfield & Company, PLLC
Secretary: Elisa Forte, Fairwinds Credit Union
Commissioner Sheena Britton, Sanford City Commission
Robert Connelly, Carr, Riggs & Ingram LLC
Commissioner Bob Dallari, Seminole County Board of County Commissioners
Judy Desrosiers, Orlando Sanford International Airport
Jeremy McCauley, Appliances of Orlando Inc.
Esther McIlvain, Hawkers Asian Street Food
Alecia Meulendyk, VyStar Credit Union
Geoff Moore, Maher Law Firm
Melissa Nelson, Rollins College
Trenton Newton, Florida Power & Light
Oliver Pinnock, Development Committee Chair, Astro Lithium
School Board Vice-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, Special Events Committee Chair, Wekiva Island
Samuel Weissman, Weissman / Paul, PLLC
Proud member of
The Seminole County Regional Chamber of Commerce
The West Volusia Regional Chamber of Commerce