Seneca Park Zoo

Our Mission

Seneca Park Zoo inspires our community to connect with, care for, and conserve wildlife and wild places.

Our Vision

Seneca Park Zoo will be a national leader in education and conservation action for species survival.

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The Future of Seneca Park Zoo

Seneca Park Zoo is transforming.

In 2018, the Zoo opened a five-acre expansion to the North. The Trailside Café opened in spring 2022. The next phase of A Wilder Vision Capital Campaign reimagines the entrance experience along with new spacious and striking animal habitats just within the gates of the Zoo. More than ever before, the Zoo will be a leader in conservation and a thrilling destination where everyone feels welcome.


Annual Reports

Our Guiding Principles

Sustainability and Compliance

  • Maintain a clean audit
  • Raise funds to support operations, programs, and capital improvements
  • Partner with Monroe County to operate the Zoo

A Quality Experience

  • Develop a positive perception of the Zoo
  • Develop programs that meet standards and use best practices about animals and conservation
  • Engage our audiences in captivating activities that create memories and lasting connections

Conservation Leadership and Education

  • Work to conserve resources and inspire others to do the same
  • Use multiple platforms to educate visitors about animals and conservation to inspire action
  • Support ‘In Situ’ (in the wild) conservation efforts for the Zoo’s Conservation Science Strategic Plan

A Strong Family

  • Create a learning organization with growth opportunities for staff and volunteers
  • Engage staff and volunteers for collective decision making
  • Maintain an environment where staff and volunteers are proud of their involvement with the Zoo

Community Relationships

  • Cultivate and engage audiences via all available communication tools
  • Develop partnerships to further the Zoo’s mission
  • Gather and use data to understand our audiences

Our Board of Trustees

Chris Stern, Chair
Eric Allen, Vice Chair
Trisha Butera, Treasurer
Shelly Doran, Secretary

Jan Barney*
Leonard Bayer
Luis Burgos
Gavin Brownlie, Jr.
Tim DeGrave
Maureen Dobies
Tarek Eldaher
Suzanne Hunt
Barbara Kelley
Steve Lacy*
Todd Liebert
Peter Lutz

* Ex Officio

Patrick Meredith*
Michael Morse
James Myers
Kevin Nowack
Pamela O’Connor-Chapman
Christine Osborne, M.D.
Jim Schnell
Matthew Terp*
Rose Mary Villarrubia-Izzo
Jay Weaver
Debby Wilson
Mary Worboys-Turner

* Ex Officio

Trustees Emeritus
Ruth Baltzer
Linda Butrill
Ralph Code, III, Esq.
Michael Hurley
James McElheny
John Nuccitelli
William Strassburg
Bob Stiles

Looking for a donation from the Zoo for your fundraiser?

The Seneca Park Zoo Society is proud to support charitable fundraisers for fellow environmental, educational, and cultural nonprofit organizations in the Greater Rochester area. Before you request a donation, please review our Donation Request Policy, available here.