DALLAS ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FACT SHEET

DALLAS ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FACT SHEET

BACKGROUND

Contacts: LLLLL Laurie Holloway
Director of Communications and Social Media
469.554.7425 office
615.347.6743 mobile
Laurie.Holloway@DallasZoo.com

 

DALLAS ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY FACT SHEET

The Dallas Zoological Society (DZS) is a 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit organization that was founded in 1955 to help develop one of the outstanding zoological collections in the nation, in partnership with the Dallas Zoo. The Society’s only purpose at that time was to raise private funds to purchase animals for the Dallas Zoo’s collection. Today, the Society has expanded its role significantly. DZS played an influential role in the City of Dallas’s decision to privatize day-to-day management of the Zoo in 2009. The organization established Dallas Zoo Management Inc. to serve as the entity responsible for animal operations, guest services, education, and conservation and research activities.

Although the City of Dallas actually owns the Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, the Society is directly responsible for the management of the following:

  • All private fundraising (capital and annual campaigns)
  • Marketing, advertising, and special events
  • Government, media, and public relations
  • Membership and membership services
  • Food service
  • Merchandise sales (gift shop)
  • Volunteer programs

The Society also acts as a trust department for the Zoo and Aquarium’s restricted gift accounts.

The Dallas Zoological Society is located in offices at the Dallas Zoo and has a broad-based membership of more than 16,000 individuals, families, foundations, and corporations. DZS is governed by a 60-member board of directors; daily operations are managed by the Society’s president/CEO and department managers. The Society’s board and staff work in close collaboration with the professional staff and director of the Dallas Zoo and the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, and with the City’s Park and Recreation Board, to promote the continued growth and development of the Zoo and Aquarium.

 

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