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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

  • Receive a limited edition red panda pin badge. This offer applies to adult and child memberships, while stocks last!*

    *Restrictions apply

Get your red panda pin badge!

New membership offer! Purchase a Bristol Zoological Society membership today and receive a limited edition red panda pin badge. This offer applies to new adult and child memberships, while stocks last!

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.

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.

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.

How do I get a red panda pin badge?

Each new and renewing member is eligible to receive a free pin badge which currently features a red panda. This offer applies to new and renewing adult and child memberships.

Badges are limited to one per person. We regret that we are unable to post pin badges or replace lost badges.

Pin badges must be collected from Visitor Information within 3 months of membership purchase or renewal. We regret that we are unable to guarantee that you will be receive your selected quantity of badges after this date.

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.

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

We greatly value all our life members and thank them for their support. Life members have lifelong access to Bristol Zoo Project and associated membership benefits.

Please pick up your new Bristol Zoological Society Lifetime membership card and pack from Visitor Information at Bristol Zoo Project when you next visit.

As well as free entry to Bristol Zoo Project and associated benefits for life, you will be part of the ground-breaking transformation to create a conservation zoo.

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.