Bristol Zoological Society Appeal

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A personal message from Jane Ibbunson, Director of Development

My start at Bristol Zoological Society was, to say the least, unconventional. I joined the Society as Director of Development a week before the Covid-19 lock down and have spent the majority of this time working remotely. In many ways it has been easier than expected, everyone is so supportive and friendly, colleagues are talking more and our great social media coverage means that the animals never feel far away.

Similar to everyone I find it challenging sometimes too. What is so fortifying is how our work at both Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project continues to thrive and the dedication and passion of our specialist animal team shines. I have been in post a relatively short time but already I have seen a Gorilla birthday party, learned of new arrivals and perhaps most heart-warming the initial appearance of a Goodfellow’s tree kangaroo joey in its mother’s pouch. It is the first time the Zoo has bred the species and is one of only two tree kangaroo joeys to have been bred successfully in captivity in the UK during the past 12 months.

If this beautiful creature can stay at home, then so can I.

I have also had the opportunity to speak to many of our members, supporters and donors. It has been an immense pleasure to hear their personal stories, to learn why they support the Society and how much they miss being able to visit us and see our fabulous animals.

So many people have asked how they can help. They understand we need to take action now to safeguard our long-term prosperity, and we are exploring every option to protect our future and ensure we re-open in the best possible shape. Our own response has been to launch the BZS Appeal. This support not only means we are able to ensure our animals receive the high quality of care they need to flourish, but that we can also continue our vital conservation work overseas. To date 538 supporters have given to our appeal and this is highly valued and appreciated, especially in these extraordinary times.

At this time, many details of the Government’s recently announced Zoos Support Fund remain unclear, however it is intended to be a fund of last resort for smaller zoos. It is therefore very likely that Bristol Zoological Society will not be eligible for the government fund, and therefore it is vital that we continue to focus on fundraising through the BZS Appeal.

Even if you are not in a position to donate right now, you can still help us by letting others know about the appeal and our ongoing work with endangered species and international conservation and education work. If you have already given, THANK YOU – do please keep visiting us online and via social media – I know from personal experience, seeing the animals enjoying the spring sunshine is so uplifting!

I hope to meet you all soon.




Jane Ibbunson
Director of Development


In these unprecedented times, we need your support to ensure we continue to thrive when we re-open. Ways you can help:

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