Sustainability at ZSL

ZSL is one of the world's leading conservation organisations, working in many areas around the globe to help animals and people to exist together. We also practice what we preach back at home, however, by trying to minimise the negative impacts of our zoos and activities on the environment as much as possible.

Take a look below at the hard work some of our departments are putting in to ensure that ZSL operates in an environmentally friendly way. Both of our zoos have gold-standard green tourism awards as a result!


Environmental Animal Exhibits

Many of our animal exhibits are built and run in ingenious ways that make them much less wasteful, minimising their environmental impact and their cost. We are developing new ideas all the time, such as a new rainwater harvesting system.

Find out more about environmental animal exhibits


Managing Eco-Friendly Estates

One of the central ways in which ZSL practices sustainability is through the reduction of our electricity and water use and our waste production, which is all thanks to our estates managers. We have an ISO14001 standard Environmental Management System.


Considerate Retail & Catering

What we offer to our visitors at the Zoos needs to support ZSL's core conservation message. We select our stock for the gift shops very carefully, and source sustaible food locally for our on-site cafes. Some we even grow ourselves! 

Find out more about retails and catering


Horticulture and biodiversity

Whipsnade Zoo is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) approved by Natural England, but our horticulture team go even further in trying to improve onsite diversity, collect sutainable timber and compost, as well as growing our own browsing plants for the animals.

Find out more about horticulture


ZSL London & Low Energy Company

ZSL London Zoo will become the first company to be accredited under a pioneering UK low energy scheme.


ZSL's Environmental Policy

Find out more about our Environmental Policy: ZSL Environmental Policy (130.67 KB)


ZSL's Supplier Code of Conduct

ZSL’s mission is ‘to achieve and promote the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.’ ZSL is committed to ensuring that its mission and values are reflected in the suppliers with whom it does business, and in the products and services it procures.

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