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About Bristol Zoo Gardens

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world. We opened our doors to the public on Monday 11th July 1836 and since then we have welcomed over 90 million guests to our Zoo. We have helped save over 175 species from extinction in human care and in the wild. We're currently working on conservation and research projects across the world, from the Phillipines, South Africa and back to our very own door step, the River Avon. Our award-winning education team has taught over 40 million school children the value of nature, wildlife and the impact our society has on the world.

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We're a Charity

The Zoo is a registered charity and needs your support

Bristol Zoo Gardens is a great day out. But it's much more than that. We have a charitable mission to save wildlife together through scientific research, changing people's behaviours, working in the field with local communities and partners to protect habitats and the animals that live within them. Our vital conservation research programmes span five continents and range from feeding starving penguin chicks in South Africa to subsiding teachers' salaries in Madagascar to make education more accessible.

We need your help to continue this crucial work

Experience days with Bristol Zoo

We offer a range of gift experience ideas, perfect for animal lovers or for those friends or relatives who have everything! When you buy a Bristol Zoo gift experience you will be directly contributing towards the upkeep of the animals and supporting the conservation of threatened species.

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