2018 Annual Plan to the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation

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This 2018 annual plan for Woodland Park Zoo is submitted to the Superintendent of Parks and Recreation as specified by the Zoo Operations and Management Agreement between the City of Seattle and the Woodland Park Zoological Society. The purpose of the annual plan is to highlight any major program changes, capital improvements or other key developments to improve the zoo as a community-wide asset.

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2016 Impact Report

We’re pleased to share our 2016 Impact Report. Click on the image or link below to explore the ways your support helps our zoo transform people of all ages into powerful forces for nature. Thank you! 

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Read the Year At a Glance 

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Strategic Plan: 2015-2018

Woodland Park Zoo is evolving to meet current and future needs, shaping and epitomizing the purpose of conservation zoos in the 21st century. In a world of dwindling habitats and climate adaptation for all animals, including humans, we must engage millions of people in a transformational challenge: learning to share the planet’s finite resources sustainably with other species.

Read the Woodland Park Zoo Strategic Plan: 2015-2018


Consolidated revenues of operating and capital for 2016 are $43.9 million. The zoo’s finances comprise three key areas:

  • Earned revenues (admissions, membership, community events, etc.) account for 47% of total operating revenues

  • Public funding sources provide 30% of the zoo’s support, including City of Seattle and King County Parks Levy

  • Private contributions from individuals and foundations provide the remaining 23%

Download Financial Reports

Audited Financials (2016)

WPZ Form 990 (2016)

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Lauri Hennessey
Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs

Jesús Aguirre
Superintendent, Seattle Parks & Recreation, ex officio

Our Mission

Woodland Park Zoo saves animals and their habitats through conservation leadership and engaging experiences, inspiring people to learn, care and act.


Seattle Parks & Recreation
Association of Zoos & Aquariums

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