zsl-logo_1Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific, conservation and educational charity whose mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

Our mission is realised through our groundbreaking science, our active conservation projects in more than 50 countries and our two Zoos, ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

ZSL Vision

A world where animals are valued, and their conservation assured.

ZSL Mission

To promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats

Royal Patrons

HRH The Queen is The Patron of ZSL

HRH The Prince of Wales is The Vice Patron of ZSL

ZSL is registered as a charity in England and Wales: no.208728.

ZSL Strategic Aims

ZSL is committed to promoting zoological and conservation research, encouraging public engagement with wildlife and generating funds for the advancement of the ZSL Mission.

ZSL is a member of BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums), the professional organisation representing the zoo and aquarium community.

BIAZA is a conservation, education and scientific wildlife charity founded in 1966 out of a mutual desire within the zoo and aquarium community to see sound principles and practices of animal management widely adopted in the British Isles and Ireland. Find out more about: BIAZA

Guiding Principles

Respecting and valuing animals and the natural world

Our belief is that a diverse and healthy natural world is valuable in its own right and is essential for ensuring secure and healthy lives for people. This motivates ZSL’s vision and mission, and our other core values follow from this.

Inspiring conservation action

We seek to motivate others to take conservation action in their daily lives.

Achieving excellence in our field

Building on our heritage, Royal Patronage since 1831 and reputation as a learned society, we aim to be an authoritative source of information and good practice for the scientific study, conservation and husbandry of animals.

We aim also to make efficient and effective use of available resources to achieve the highest possible standards in everything we do, in the operation of a successful and innovative conservation organisation.

Acting ethically, responsibly and sustainably

We aim to operate in fair and justifiable ways that do not conflict with our mission or objectives, and which respect the environment.

Valuing everyone we work with

We support and value teamwork and collaboration, strive for fair and equitable treatment of everyone with whom we work and come into contact with, and aim to act with respect and courtesy in all our dealings.

Working for Vultures

Since late 1999 ZSL has been working closely with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the RSPB to investigate the problem with declining vulture populations. As a result of impressive conservation science, the causes of this decline were identified. The most significant was the drug, diclofenac, given to cows by farmers. When vultures fed on drug-contaminated cow carcasses left out, they suffered rapid kidney failure and death . ZSL has participated in getting legislation to be put in place, as well as carrying out survey work, captive breeding and community education programmes to help protect the remaining populations.

Link to website: www.zsl.org