Oscar Villarreal: Cleveland Zoological Society

Posted: September 6, 2014 in Business

Oscar Villarreal has been a proud supporter of the Cleveland community for more than a decade. In 2010, he made a generous donation to the Cleveland Zoological society. Cleveland Zoological Society is dedicated to their mission of creating “compelling experiences that connect people with wildlife and inspire personal responsibility for conserving the natural world.”

Oscar Villarreal knows that The Cleveland Zoological Society has had a number of really impressive successes such as providing $350,000 every year for international conservation programs. These programs are working to help preserve wildlife in Northeast Ohio and all over the world. The Cleveland Zoological Society also is able to distribute 600 zoo memberships to foster families across the community every year for free.

Oscar Villarreal also knows that the Zoo, supported by the Zoological society brings in 1.2 million people every year with an economic impact of one hundred million dollars. This, as Oscar Villarreal could tell you are a very strong return on investment with a five-fold return.

Oscar Villarreal knows that the Zoo has a high return on investment while still offering more than 30 programs that are geared towards serving visitors and students of all ages. Some of those programs include the ZooBus. The ZooBus provides transportation free of cost to schools that cannot afford to take children to the Zoo. They also provide graduate level courses to teachers in the area. These courses are provided in partnership with Miami University and are focused on inquiry, sustainability, bio-mimicry, animal behavior, etc.


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