Lake Superior Zoological Society

EIN 41-0944885

The Lake Superior Zoo is owned by the City of Duluth and operated by the Arrowhead Zoological Society (DBA Lake Superior Zoological Society), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The society operates the zoo for the benefit of the city according to a city contract as set out in Minnesota Laws 1961, Chapter 91 and Duluth legislative code, Parks and Recreation, Article II. Fairmount Park Zoo, Sec. 35-10. The society receives an annual subsidy for the zoo of about $670,000; $510,000 of which is appropriated to the zoo by the Duluth City Council from tourism taxes.

Board of Directors 2018

  • Jonathan Ballmer , President
  • Joey Engseth, First Vice-President
  • Kala Pedersen, Secretary
  • Deb Otto, Treasurer
  • Noah Hobbs
  • Tom Kasper
  • Tracy Larsen
  • Maya Mattke
  • Gina Mogen
  • Kala Pedersen
  • Ashley Pehler
  • Erik Simonson
  • Patricia Stolee
  • Susan Waldie
  • Deborah Josephson
  • Josh Koklind

Emeritus Board Member

  • Tim Meininger
  • John Scott
  • Russ Smith

City of Duluth Parks and Rec Representative

Jessica Peterson

Honorary Members

  • Stephen Lewis
  • Mark McShane

Chief Executive Officer

  • Haley Cope

Senior Management Team


Lake Superior Zoological Society
7210 Fremont Street
Duluth, MN 55807

Phone: (218) 730-4500 Email: Board of Directors

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