Bristol Zoological Society has launched an appeal to ensure Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project can continue its work.
The BZS Appeal has been launched following the temporary closure of its site in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The appeal, which is asking for members of the public to donate money to the charity, will safeguard Bristol Zoo Gardens and the Wild Place Project, feed thousands of animals, pay keepers and veterinary staff and maintain infrastructure.
Donated money will also go towards maintaining the charity’s conservation schemes in ten countries across the world.
“We have the same duty of care to our zoo animals as well as the animals we protect in many countries around the world,” says Dr Justin Morris, chief executive of the Bristol Zoological Society. “This will and must continue.”
Funds are not only needed to keep the two Bristol sites running, but also to help save endangered species such as western lowland gorillas, giraffes and lemurs.
Dr Morris says: “The short to medium term is manageable, but we are taking action now for our long-term, which will help safeguard our future.
“We have been fortunate that many of our members are already reaching out to us and asking how they can help our two zoos and our conservation field programmes to continue to thrive.”
Find out more and donate at www.uk.virginmoneygiving.com
All photos courtesy of Bristol Zoological Society