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Become a member

Become a member of Bristol Zoological Society, and play an important role in our shared mission of Saving Wildlife Together.

Already a member? Book your next visit.

Membership benefits

  • Unlimited entry to Bristol Zoo Project for a year

  • Free entry to other zoos*

    Including Paignton Zoo, Chester Zoo, Twycross Zoo, Newquay Zoo, Woburn Safari Park, Marwell Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo (RZSS) & Highland Wildlife Park, Colchester Zoo, Belfast Zoo

  • 10% off Animal Experiences

  • 10% discount on purchases in the Bristol Zoo Project shop*

  • 10% off Leap of Faith

  • Monthly member newsletter by email, keeping you fully updated with exclusive animal news, offers and events

  • Invitation to members-only events like Wildflower Seed Sowing (16 March 2024)

    *Restrictions apply

Membership matters

Our members directly help support wildlife by enabling us to carry out conservation work at Bristol Zoo Project, in the UK and around the world.

Lifetime membership

By becoming a lifetime member, you’ll help save wildlife today and for years to come. You’ll also be signing up for a lifelong adventure with nature, and enjoy a lifetime of membership benefits.

Ready to join?

Your membership pays for itself in just three visits.

Adult (15+) - Annual £54.00

Child (2-14 inclusive) - Annual £42.00

Lifetime (15+) - £1,000

Not quite ready to commit?

Join before you leave on the day of your visit, and we’ll take the cost of your ticket off your membership.

Terms and conditions apply.

Frequently asked questions

Where does my membership money go?

Members get much more than great experiences. Your support helps us achieve our mission of Saving Wildlife Together. You’ll be making a valuable contribution to the important work we do here at Bristol Zoo Project and across the globe. We are only able to continue this work through the generosity of members and donors.

I’ve already paid for day entry, can I still become a member?

Good news! Admission tickets can be upgraded to a membership. Upgrade within 7 days of your visit day and we’ll deduct the cost of your admission from your membership.

We’ll need to see your receipt or booking reference number. Simply email your contact telephone number and receipt details to info@bzsociety.org.uk and we’ll call you to set up your new membership.

What do I need to do to visit other zoos for free?

You will need your welcome letter from Bristol Zoological Society which contains the expiry date of your membership, alongside your membership card to gain free entry to our partner zoos.

Please email the Visitor Experience team at info@bzsociety.org.uk if you require a copy of your welcome letter.

The visitation requirements for each zoo are as follows:

Twycross Zoo, Edinburgh Zoo, RZSS & Highland Wildlife Park and Belfast Zoo do not require members to pre book. Please present your members card and membership letter for evidence of expiry date.

Paignton Zoo: Contact admissions if you are planning your visit during the summer holidays or sunny high-traffic weekend days. Please present your members card and membership letter for evidence of expiry date.

Newquay Zoo: Email newquayzoo@wildplanettrust.org.uk at least 24 hours prior to your visit to arrange your booking. Please present your members card and membership letter for evidence of expiry date and a photo ID.

Chester Zoo: Do not require members to pre book. Please present your member’s card and membership letter for evidence of expiry date, and head straight through to the admission lanes. Members do not need to queue at any of the ticket windows or visit their Membership HQ.

Colchester Zoo: Do not require members to pre book. Please present your member’s card and membership letter for evidence of expiry date. Please visit the Ticket Office on arrival. Members can visit Colchester Zoo on any date during normal zoo opening hours, however are not able to attend selected special events, including but not limited to, Trail of Terror, The Santa Experience and Enchanted Trail of Light.

Woburn Safari Park: Call 01525 290407 or email info@woburnsafari.co.uk at least 24 hours prior to your visit to arrange your booking. Please present your member’s card and membership letter for evidence of expiry date.

Marwell Zoo: Email marwell@marwell.org.uk to ensure that they have availability on your chosen date. Members are not currently able to visit during Glow Marwell 2023 which is from, Friday 24 November – Saturday 25 November, Friday 1 December - Saturday 23 December, Wednesday 27 December - Saturday 30 December. Please also refrain from visiting on exclusive Character Thursdays during the summer holidays.

Do I still have to book in advance to visit Bristol Zoo Project when I’m a member?

We recommend you pre-book your visit online to guarantee entry on your preferred date and time, especially during the school holidays, weekends and bank holidays.

What do I do if I have lost my membership card?

Don’t worry, just head to Visitor Information on your next visit to get a new card printed. You will need to give your membership number at Admissions to gain entry to the site.

A replacement card will cost £5.

I can’t continue my membership, how can I continue to support Bristol Zoological Society?

Your support means so much to us and it is vital to our continued mission of Saving Wildlife Together. However, we appreciate that the cost of a membership may no longer be viable.

There are other ways you can support Bristol Zoological Society, such as making a one-off donation, or adopting one of our animals.

For our long-standing members who feel unable to retain their membership, we would be delighted to discuss alternative means of support, such as switching to an annual or monthly donation. Please contact supporters@bzsociety.org.uk to discuss further.

Why have the membership prices increased in April 2023?

As a charity, we rely on the support of our members, donors and Bristol Zoo Project visitors to enable us to continue saving wildlife both here at Bristol Zoo Project and around the world. The last membership increase was in 2022 and the costs of running a zoo and carrying out hands-on conservation work across the globe have continued to rise.

Your membership pays for itself in just three visits, making it incredibly good value and providing vital funds so that we can help protect wildlife now and in the future.

Why do you need to take my photo?

Each member has their own individual membership card with photo identification to ensure your card can’t be used by another. The photo needs to be taken at Visitor Information, and the card retained upon renewal. If you lose your card there will be a £5 replacement fee to cover printing and postage.

My annual membership has transferred to Bristol Zoo Project from Bristol Zoo Gardens / Dual Membership. Have my benefits changed as a result?

You will now receive the same benefits as those currently offered to members at Bristol Zoo Project.

Unfortunately we are unable to offer some of the benefits previously received by Bristol Zoo Gardens members, such as discounts for friends and family and discounted food.

What happens to my Bristol Zoo Gardens Life Membership, now that Bristol Zoo Gardens has closed?

Please keep your existing Life Membership Card, making it possible for you to visit Bristol Zoo Project and receive the associated benefits. In addition, you will continue to enjoy free entry to selected UK Zoos and Safari Parks, invitations to Life Member Events, and be part of the ground-breaking transformation into Bristol Zoo Project.

How do I cancel my membership renewal?

You can cancel a membership renewal by emailing info@bzsociety.org.uk. Please include your membership number as well as any additional member details.

Why has my renewal discount stopped?

As a charity, we rely on the support of our members, donors and visitors to enable us to continue carrying out vital conservation work. At the same time, the costs of running a zoo and carrying out hands-on conservation work across the globe have continued to rise.

We have had to remove the renewal discounts due to these cost pressures. Your membership continues to be excellent value, paying for itself in just three visits. Your support means that we can continue our mission of Saving Wildlife Together.

Do you do community memberships?

Community Membership can be purchased by community organisations and charities that meet our criteria.

Each member is able to utilise unnamed cards that can be distributed among their beneficiaries and members, enabling unlimited access to the zoo.

Community membership also includes 10% discount available for use in our shop, regular newsletter updates and invites to other Access to Nature events.

Find out more on our Access to Nature page.

Why don’t you do family or senior memberships?

No two families are the same, which is why we do not offer a standardised family membership, or a senior membership option. Our adult and child memberships continue to be fantastic value, paying for themselves in just three visits.

I have a further query, how do I get in contact?

Please email the team on info@bzsociety.org.uk with your query and contact details and we will come back to you as soon as we can.