About the Zoo Society

The Zoo Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising organization whose purpose is to lend financial support to Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

We provide support for Zoo and Aquarium exhibits, education programs, scientific research, conservation activities, animal care, capital projects and resources.

Funds for programs are generated through annual fund gifts, grants, individual donations, corporate sponsorships and fund raising events. Contributions can also be made to The Zoo Society Endowment Fund.

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Our Vision

The Zoo Society engages our community in support of the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium’s education, conservation, research and preservation efforts through the Pacific NW, the Pacific Rim and beyond.

Our Mission

To provide and promote financial, volunteer and community support to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. The Zoo Society supports PDZA in their efforts to promote responsible stewardship of earth’s limited resources through education, conservation, research, preservation and recreational opportunities.

ZOO SOCIETY STAFF

Ruthann Howell

Executive Director

253-404-3663

rhowell@thezoosociety.org

Lisa Johnson

Senior Development Director

253-404-3651

ljohnson@thezoosociety.org

Mary Davidson

Event Coordinator

253-404-3694

mdavidson@thezoosociety.org

Hayli Walker

Development Coordinator

253-404-3657

hwalker@thezoosociety.org

Anne Gintz

Donor Database Specialist

253-404-3658

agintz@thezoosociety.org

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

President

Heather Parkinson-Firestine

Vice President

David Smith

Secretary

Matthew Schemp

Treasurer

Sue Mauermann

Past President

Sue Mauermann

Board of Directors Continued

  • Bonnie Becker, Phd
  • Larry Dahl
  • Ruth Erwin-Svoboda
  • John Guadnola
  • Judd Johnson, PhD
  • Cameron Moorehead
  • Mark Terry
  • Lisa Peterman
  • Megan Schenck
  • Sean Schmidt
  • Jeff Steed

  • Dr. Ric Torgerson, DVM
  • Nick Wright
  • Mark Hansen
  • Dr. Bonnie Becker
  • Larry Dahl
  • Ruth Erwin-Svoboda
  • John Guadnola

  • Dr. Judd Johnson

  • Cameron Moorehead
  • Mark Terry
  • Lisa Peterman
  • Megan Schenck
  • Sean Schmidt
  • Jeff Steed
  • Dr. Ric Torgerson
  • Nick Wright
  • Mark Hansen

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