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.

The Zoo Society fosters the relationship between Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and our community by raising funds and generating community support.

The Zoo Society supports the mission of PDZA by providing financial and in-kind resources for the Zoo's recreation, education and conservation programs, its animal collections, and its permanent and temporary exhibitions.

View The Zoo Society's donor privacy policy (PDF).

Board of Directors

Karen Veitenhans
Vice President 
Judd Johnson
Sherlyn Iverson
Kim Burkes
Past President
Dr. Richard Cockrell

Anna Anderson
Pamela Baade
Christopher Bandoli
Hartleigh Caine
Susan Caulkins
Loren Cochran
Amy Coggins
Cathy Early
John Gazecki
Daniel Gladney
John Guadnola
Jean Jackman
Dr. Eric Kvinsland
Sue Mauermann
Cameron Moorehead
Heather Parkinson-Firestine
Josiah Penalver, MD
Michael M. Royston
Kelly O. Ryan 
David L. Smith

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Zoo Society Staff

Larry Norvell
Executive Director

Lisa Johnson
Annual Fund and Special Events Director

Angela Ferguson
Development Operations and Database Specialist

Jenny Kindschy
Executive Assistant

Ways to Give to the Zoo

Vision Keeper Club
Through our Vision Keeper program, you can help build and maintain a quality facility for generations to come by taking the lead in supporting world-class exhibitions, educational programming and animal acquisition.

Adopt an Animal
Give a gift of a Zoo Parent or become one yourself and help support animal care and facilities, wildlife conservation and educational programs for children and adults.

Annual Giving
Your gift to the annual fund goes towards supporting the ongoing activities of the Zoo & Aquarium, including conservation efforts, school group visits and animal care.

Planned Giving

By remembering the Point Defiance Zoological Society in your estate plans, you can make a difference for wildlife and future generations who love it.


The Point Defiance Zoological Society's endowment funds provide ongoing support to The Zoo Society and Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.