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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


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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The Zoological Society of San Diego is working with Bioneers and The Biomimicry Institute to foster Biomimicry or "Innovation Inspired by Nature". The ZSSD is connecting the public, business and nature, to incorporate lessons learned from nature's systems/designs into industry. The goal being an more efficient economy that grows in tune with what the earth's requirements. Treehugger Article: Bioneers 2008: The San Diego Zoo Leads the Way in Biomimicry by Jaymi Heimbuch, San Francisco, California on 10.22.08 http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/10/bioneers-san-diego-zoo-works-towards-biomimicry.php