Bristol Zoological Society

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Bristol Zoo Gardens,Guthrie Road

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Bristol Zoological Society Appeal

In these unprecedented times, we need your support to ensure we continue to thrive when we re-open


Like everyone in these unexpected and uncertain times we have had to make some really difficult decisions. On Saturday 21 March, after careful monitoring of the Covid-19 pandemic, we made the very sad decision to close both Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project to our visitors.

As a charity, your support is vital to us now more than ever - we rely on the income from our visitors to continue our valuable conservation work at home and overseas.  

Our priority has been to ensure the welfare of our staff, volunteers and visitors. However, we also have the same duty of care to the thousands of animals at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Wild Place Project and those we work to protect in many countries around the world. This will and must continue.

The concept of closing a zoo or wildlife park is a false friend. Our animals still need to be fed, cared for during illness and enabled to thrive. Our estate and infrastructure also needs to be maintained to ensure a safe home for all the animals in our care.

The short to medium term risk is manageable, but we are taking action now for our long-term prosperity, which will help us to flourish into the future.

Many of our specialist animal, veterinarian and estates teams are remaining on both sites to ensure we can achieve this. Other staff are oiling the wheels remotely supporting visitors with questions letting them know how our Members and friends can help. We are doing our utmost to ensure you have a really special place to return to when we re-open.

As a charity, our mission is ‘Saving Wildlife Together’. We have been doing this for 185 years and plan to continue doing so for our future generations. We have been so fortunate in that many of our Members are already reaching out to us and asking how they can enable our two zoos and conservation field programmes to continue to thrive. In response, we are launching the BZS Appeal. Most of our income is derived from visitors to our two zoos and without them we urgently need to plan to secure alternative sources.

The offers of support that we have received are really bringing the ‘together’ of our mission home to us. Corporate partners are continuing to maintain their support through corporate memberships and individual members are also donating. A huge thank you to everyone – we cannot do this without you.

In essence, if you are able to donate, please do, continue supporting us through your membership and let others know of the BZS Appeal. This is hugely appreciated.

We understand that this might not be the optimum time and your priorities remain closer to home. But please do return to this page for updates on our progress and stories. Please follow us on social media – it is amazing how animals can lift your heart at this difficult time!

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