Bristol Zoological Society Appeal

I am delighted to be able to welcome all of our supporters, Members and visitors back to Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project. It has been a long time since we have been able to see you and you have been very much missed.

In line with the Government’s announcement on Monday 6 April, we are delighted to confirm that we have reopened to visitors on Monday 12 April 2021.

We are really looking forward to welcoming you back, but there will have been changes since your last visit, so please read our site rules and other updates on the Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project websites when planning your visit.

Both of our zoos have been closed for over 40% of the past 12 months, which has had a devastating affect on our financial position. To safeguard the future of the Society and build upon our 185 years of conservation heritage, the decision was taken last November to close our Clifton site in late 2022 and build a new world class Bristol Zoo at Wild Place Project. In particular, this will ensure that we can continue to deliver our ambitions for conservation and education.

Through donating to the Bristol Zoological Society Appeal our members and visitors have raised over £100,000 to support us during the Coronavirus pandemic. We cannot thank you enough for your generous support, good wishes and kindness.

As we re-open now we are particularly pleased to be able to welcome back school groups and are creating new resources for teachers that will maximise pupils’ experience of visiting both Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project. With this in mind, and to help as many children and students benefit from connecting with nature, from our April re-opening all donations to the Bristol Zoological Society Appeal will be dedicated to our Schools Bursary Scheme.

Our Bursary Scheme is used to help schools who otherwise would not be able to visit our zoos and benefit from learning about the impact of nature, how our behaviour can enable a sustainable future for wildlife and increase their understanding of the environmental challenges that we all face.

If you would like to help the next generation of Conservation Scientists and enrich the lives of more young people please continue to give to the BZS appeal by visiting You can also help through spreading the word to others and fundraising on our behalf. Please contact for help and support.

We cannot wait to welcome all our supporters, Members and visitors back to our zoos as we continue our journey to establish the new Bristol Zoo. We look forward to sharing more of our plans in the future and the ways in which you can help enable our charitable mission of Saving Wildlife Together.

Thank you once again for your continued help and support.

With best wishes

Dr Justin Morris
Chief Executive of Bristol Zoological Society


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