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Bristol Gives Back Posted On 19 November 2021

Bristol Zoo redefines the 21st century Zoo

Bristol Zoo celebrates its 185th anniversary this year and sets out their ‘Strategy to 2035’ when they will celebrate their bicentenary. Bristol Zoological Society are committed to responding to the climate and ecological emergencies that threaten the existence of life on this planet.

The combination of public engagement with hundreds of thousands of visitors each year; education programmes for all ages from schoolchildren to postgraduates; and direct conservation action in the UK and around the world ensures that they inspire and educate others to become conservationists and are able to work directly with their partners to save wildlife.

Bristol Zoological Society are excited to define what zoos should look like in the 21st Century. They propose a new kind of zoo where visitors and animals will be immersed in the natural landscape – the zoo in nature and nature in the zoo. The new Bristol Zoo will be much more than an exciting visitor destination. Animals will be chosen to ensure that they can achieve the greatest conservation impact; their education and scientific research programmes will grow significantly to form a new conservation campus; and conservation action in the field, saving wildlife from extinction, will increase both at the Zoo, in the Southwest and around the world. 

In order to realise this exciting vision for the new Bristol Zoo, the Clifton properties including Bristol Zoo Gardens will be sold. Plans for the Clifton site include 235 new homes, a conservation hub, a cafe, an exhibition space, a children’s play area and a lake.

Dr Justin Morris, chief executive of the Bristol Zoological Society, spoke to the BBC: ”We’ll create a legacy for Bristol Zoo Gardens, making it free for the public, while protecting and improving the lives of the amazing animals in a new world-class Bristol Zoo.”

The Zoo will work with the communities of Bristol, continuing existing conversations and starting new ones, influencing policy and decision-makers to ensure a sustainable future for wildlife and people. So, it’s good news for the animals, Bristolians, and visitors alike!

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