Zoological Society of London (ZSL)

We’re ZSL (Zoological Society of London), an international conservation charity, and our vision is a world where wildlife thrives. We’re working every day to achieve this, through our science, our field conservation around the world and engaging millions of people through our two Zoos, ZSL London and ZSL Whipsnade Zoos. 

ZSL 200: GETTING SET FOR THE NEXT 200 YEARS 

In 2026 ZSL will be 200 years old, marking two centuries of discovery, pioneering, inspiring and delighting through science, conservation and our two Zoos. However, the challenges facing wildlife are increasing: the rate of extinction is accelerating through habitat loss, disease, the illegal wildlife trade, pollution and other human effects. ZSL needs to act now to address these challenges. 

We have developed our strategy – ZSL 200 – to help us better tackle the issues facing wildlife today and adapt to those around the corner. It will focus our efforts and operations, with science informing work in the field and using the Zoos as a focus to drive engagement.

OUR PURPOSE

To inspire, inform and empower people to stop wild animals going extinct

To tackle the threat to wild animals and help people achieve this positive change, we will:

  • Inspire future generations through amazing experiences with animals, giving them a lifelong connection to wildlife and an understanding of the part that they can play.
  • Inform the world about the challenges facing wildlife and the ways we all can address these, based on our scientific research, experience and expertise.
  • Empower communities, leaders and influencers by giving them methods, evidence and tools to enable people and wildlife to thrive together.

PRIORITY AREAS

We have identified three priority areas to achieve this vision.

WILDLIFE & PEOPLE

Fostering sustainable relationships between wildlife and people – because people thrive when wildlife thrives. 

WILDLIFE HEALTH

Ensuring the health of wildlife, improving the health of people and the environment.

WILDLIFE BACK FROM THE BRINK

Bringing the most threatened species back from the brink of extinction.

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