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Causes: Animals, Education, Protection of Endangered Species, Zoos & Aquariums

Mission: The Zoological Society of San Diego is a conservation, education, and recreation organization dedicated to the reproduction, protection and exhibition of animals, plants and habitats.

Geographic areas served: Southern California, National, International

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The Zoological Society of San Diego(ZSSD) is a non-profit organization that operates the San Diego Zoo, the SanDiego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, and the department of Conservation and Researchfor Endangered Species (CRES). The Society was founded on October 2, 1916, byHarry M. Wegeforth, M.D. It currently has a 12-member Board of Trustees headedby Berit Durler; Douglas G. Myers is the Society’s executive director.

The Zoological Society of San Diegois the largest zoological membership association in the world, with more than 250,000member households and 130,000 youth memberships, representing more than a halfmillion people. Members enjoy free admission to the Zoo and the Wild AnimalPark, a subscription to the monthly magazine ZOONOOZ, and otherbenefits. Both Zoo and Park are open 365 days a year.

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