The Brandywine Zoo is part of the Delaware State Parks and is managed by the Delaware Division of Parks and Recreation with the support of the Delaware Zoological Society.
The Delaware Zoological Society is the non-profit membership organization that supports the mission of the zoo. When you become a member of the Brandywine Zoo, you become a member of this organization. Your contribution supports the conservation education programs and overall mission of the Zoo. Many local citizens are active volunteers of the Delaware Zoological Society and some serve as the board of directors. The leaders of the organization work closely with zoo management and volunteer time and expertise in service to the zoo.
The DZS runs the basic business enterprise of the zoo which includes, but is not limited to; memberships, admissions, marketing, advertising, fundraising (sponsorships, events, annual fund, capital campaign, etc.) and the Zootique and snack bar. The DZS also funds 3 full-time positions (the curator, assistant curator and outreach program coordinator) in the zoo’s education department.
The purpose of the Brandywine Zoo and the Delaware Zoological Society, Inc. is to professionally exhibit specific species of animals and provide a comprehensive program of conservation, education and recreation to the citizens of the State of Delaware and the Brandywine Valley.
The mission and goals of the Brandywine Zoo can be attained only through the joint efforts of the public and private sectors. The Society provides the opportunity for active citizen participation to insure the integrity of the zoo as a permanent public resource. The Society fulfills its goals under the terms of its contract with the State of Delaware, which gives the Society the authority to collect revenue, receive donations in the name of the Delaware Zoological Society, Inc., make capital improvements according to an agreed upon plan, and advise the State on day-to-day operations. The State accepts responsibility for the funding and operation of the zoo, including staffing and care of all animals, facilities and grounds.
Click here to view a copy of Form 990 for 2019.