Bristol Zoological Society's Field Conservation and Science Projects

Bristol Zoological Society carries out field conservation programmes in five continents across the world and research programmes both in the field and right here at Bristol Zoo Gardens.

Our mission is to identify and implement sustainable solutions to species and ecosystem conservation challenges through research, action and local collaboration. Our field programmes are each linked to exhibit areas in Bristol Zoo Gardens, such as the African penguins in Seal and Penguin Coast and the Desertas Wolf Spiders in Bug World. 

Follow the links to explore our fantastic conservation projects and learn what we are doing to save wildlife around the world.

African Penguin Project
Like all penguins, African penguins are iconic, charismatic and enormously popular. They generate economic activities for local communities through tourism and are key components of marine ecosystems. Concerted conservation effort is needed to avoid the extinction of this critical marine predator.

Avon Gorge and Downs Project
Despite being just two miles from Bristol City Centre, the Avon Gorge, Clifton Down and Durdham Down are home to a wealth of wildlife. The Gorge is internationally recognised as a Special Area of Conservation and nationally designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The Downs are a Site of Nature Conservation Interest.

Desertas Wolf Spider Project
The Desertas wolf spider (Hogna ingens) is endemic to Vale da Castanheira, Desertas Islands, Madeira, Portugal. Despite having an impressive 40mm body size and being the largest known species of wolf spider, very little is known about this species.

Kordofan Giraffe Project
At the species level, giraffes are considered Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List; however, the population as a whole has dropped substantially in recent decades with less than 80,000 individuals remaining across Africa.

Lemur Leaf Frog Project
One of eleven currently recognised leaf frog species, the lemur leaf frog is Critically Endangered having disappeared from half its historic range.

Negros Bleeding Heart Dove Project
We have been working hand-in-hand with the local community of Mantiquil since 2014. Together with our partners, we aim to stop illegal hunting and forest clearing to protect one of the remaining forests of the Negros.

Northern Madagascar Project
Madagascar is one of the world’s most important hotspots for biodiversity, yet it is also one of the world’s poorest countries, with 92% of people living below the poverty line.

Sanje Mangabey Project
There are seven recognised species of Cercocebus mangabey monkeys, all are threatened with a high risk of extinction according to their IUCN Red List status, and all are relatively understudied.

Western Lowland Gorilla Project
The western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) is listed as Critically Endangered by IUCN Red List. Found in six countries across Central Africa, it is threatened with habitat loss and bushmeat hunting across much of its range.

White-clawed Crayfish Project
The white-clawed crayfish (Austropotamobius pallipes) is the UK’s only indigenous freshwater crayfish and is a keystone species of our aquatic habitats. It is globally Endangered throughout its range, both within mainland Europe and the UK.



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