Zoological Society of London
The Zoological Society of London is committed to protecting and conserving species of animals and their habitats across the world
Founded in 1826, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is an international scientific conservation and educational charity. Its mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats. ZSL achieves its mission through three fields of activity:
- ZSL's two UK zoos: ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. These facilities welcome approximately 1.9 million visitors each year, including thousands of school children. The animals serve as ambassadors for their counterparts in the wild, to educate the public about the need to conserve endangered species and share our planet.
- ZSL's Institute of Zoology carries out world-class science to address and understand the problems faced by wildlife and underlying changes in biological diversity. It informs government policy and conservation practice globally.
- Through active conservation projects in more than 50 countries, ZSL works with communities, businesses, and governments to find ways for people to live sustainably and in harmony with nature, to the benefit of both humans and wildlife. Projects range from encouraging local fishing communities to collect discarded nets and clear their coastline in the Philippines to working with volunteer 'citizen scientists' to monitor the critically-endangered European eel and other threatened wildlife in the River Thames.
Support from players of People's Postcode Lottery is contributing towards two of ZSL's vital conservation programmes. ZSL will advance Instant Detect, a unique, innovative wildlife-monitoring and anti-poaching technology designed for the most remote and challenging environments. It will also implement community-based conservation initiatives in the Douala-Edea landscape of Cameroon, which is home to threatened species such as forest elephants, chimpanzees, marine turtles, and African manatees.