INTERNATIONAL CONSERVATION EFFORTS $12,000
Conservation efforts to save elephants and lions in Africa and orangutans in Indonesia are conservation priorities for the Society. We subsidize our Zoo employees’ travel costs worldwide so that they can participate in these research projects. This summer, Dr. Vikki Milne, our Zoo Veterinarian, traveled to Borneo.
You can read her blog here at El Paso Zoo Adventures.
The Zoological Society operates on an $860,000 budget and funds special projects to support the growth of the El Paso Zoo. The projects below are funded through our fundraising efforts, grants, and through private/public donations from the El Paso Community.
ZOO MEMBERSHIPS $570,000
With approximately 7,000 members, we raise 66% of our annual budget through memberships to the Zoo.
ZOO VOLUNTEER PROGRAM $115,000
The Society manages the volunteer program for the El Paso Zoo. We fund orientations, meetings, background checks, staff, supplies, professional development, vehicles, and other necessities required for our volunteers. We currently have 90 active volunteers in our program.
ZOO MARKETING $125,000
The Society sponsors all marketing, advertising, and promotions for the El Paso Zoo with a restricted budget for these purposes.
ZOO OPERATIONAL COSTS – $81,000
The Society assists the El Paso Zoo with operational maintenance, facilities, and landscaping costs.
ZOO EDUCATION PROGRAMMING AND SUPPLIES $10,000
The Zoo education programming such as Bug Awareness, Elephant Fest, Party for the Planet, education supplies and equipment are funded through the Society.
The Capital Improvements Committee for the Society works in conjunction with the Zoo to fund direct capital needs. Previously funded projects include:
- Digital X-Ray Equipment in the Clinic
- The McKee Giraffe Shade Structure and Viewing Hut
- The Hunt Family Splash Pad
- The Foster Tree House Playground
- Public Shade Structures
- El Paso Electric Kalahari Research Station
- El Paso Water Utilities Discovery Education Facility
FUTURE PROJECTS AND PROJECTS IN NEED OF FUNDING
Low-Income School Field Trips – $20,000
Every year, we help low-income schools visit the El Paso Zoo. These schools serve a large population of underprivileged students and we help off-set their expenses with admission and lunches for their visit. Students receive the same educational experience as schools that register through the Zoo Administration office. This is a great program for corporate sponsors to partner with us on.
Zoo Veterinary Clinic Needs $25,000
Our Veterinary Clinic is requesting endoscopy tools for our animals, to further help their needs and diagnose their ailments.
Zoo Impact Study $25,000
A Zoo Impact Study is needed to evaluate changes made to the El Paso Zoo and help us provide a quality visitor experience, and help us understand the return on investment to recent expenditures.
MASTER PLAN PROJECTS
The Society provides a margin of excellence by helping off-set costs of the following projects from the Zoo’s Master Plan released in 2012, which includes additions funded by the City of El Paso’s 2012 Quality of Life Bond.
- Wildlife Carousel – This new larger carousel will serve more guests and add aesthetic appeal to Asia.
- Flamingo Exhibit – The Flamingo exhibit would be located at the entry of the Americas. This exhibit would include 4,000sf animal yard, and provide a variety of ecosystems for animals to enjoy a variety of environments.
- Giant Ant Eater Exhibit – This exhibit will feature a large 40-100lbs Giant Ant Eater in the Americas.
- Asian Small Claw Otter – This exhibit will include a variety of waterfalls, pools, rockwork, climbing structures, and vegetation.