Answer: CONSERVATION? No.
Although the Zoo bills itself as an organization with a mission of "conservation," it spends less than one percent annually for conservation.
Answer: HUMAN AMENITIES? Yes.
CHECK IT OUT HERE.
Answer: OBSCENE SALARIES? - Yes. (read the Philadelphia Magazine article HERE)
$297,000.00 - Zoo Director Pete Hoskin's annual compensation according to Charity Navigator (2005).
FOR 2006, Pete Hoskins made $216,723 for five months work (that's $43,344.60 PER MONTH. Annualized it is $520,135.00)
VIK DEWAN's salary for six months work was $193,110 (that's $32,185 PER MONTH. Annualized it is $386,220.00)
Together, the two CEOs made a total of $409,833.00, or 1.26 percent of the entire zoo's annual budget.
It gets worse....in 2007, Vik Dewan made $320,708.00 and Pete Hoskins - whose last day of work at the Zoo was in May 2006 - was paid $147,000.00.
By comparison (with other local non-profit institutions of comparable or larger size):
Philadelphia Museum of Art: Anne dHarnoncourt (Director and CEO) annual compensation is $289,176 (see Guidestar)
By comparison (with other zoos and two sanctuaries):
The Elephant Sanctuary's (Hohenwald, TN) CEO annual compensation is $21,000.
The Performing Animal Welfare Society's ( Galt, CA) CEO annual compensation is $35,861.
The Memphis (TN) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $118,400.
The Oakland (CA) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $144,400.
The San Francisco (CA) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $150,000.
The Denver (CO) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $154,172.
The Phoenix (AZ) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $163,231.
The Atlanta (GA) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $175,000.
The Pittsburgh (PA) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $181,196.
The Columbus (OH) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $192,186.
The Woodland Park (Seattle, WA) Zoo'sannual compensation is $202,058.
The Lowry Park (Tampa, FL) Zoo's annual compensation is $204,158.
The Houston (TX) Zoo's CEO annual compensation is $206,051.
By comparison (with much larger zoos):
Philadelphia Zoo net assets according to its 2007 IRS Form 990 (line 21) were $74,971,217.
CEO Compensation for 2007 was $320,708.
San Diego Zoo net assets according to its 2007 IRS Form 990 (line 21) were $282,704,517.
CEO Compensation for 2007 was $223,402.
2003 Expenses of the Philadelphia Zoo
Exhibit and Garden Care 6,491,000 - 19%
Animal Care $ 5,064,000 - 15%
Contributed Goods and Services 4,579,000 - 14%
General Management and Administration 4,456,000 - 13%
Guest and Member Relations 3,430,000 - 10%
Marketing and Development 3,692,000 - 11%
Depreciation 3,531,000 - 10%
Education and Conservation 2,531,000 - 8%
According to the Philadelphia Zoo's annual report for the year 2002, the number one expense of the Philly Zoo was "General Management and Administration," which accounted for over $5,000,000, NEARLY $800,000 MORE THAN THE ZOO's EXPENDITURES ON ANIMAL CARE THAT SAME YEAR
2004 Expenses of the Philadelphia Zoo
Exhibit and Garden Care $ 11,973,000 - 34%
Animal Care $ 5,512,000 - 16%
General Management and Administration 4,491,000 - 13%
Guest and Member Services 4,790,000 - 13%
Contributed Goods and Services 2,082,000 - 6%
Marketing and Advertising 1,535,000 - 4%
Development and Fundraising 2,590,000 - 7%
Education and Conservation 2,436,000 - 7%
AUDIT OF THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO - read about recommendations made by city officials over ten years ago, few of which have been implemented.