Conservation in Action
Our mission is to promote and achieve worldwide conservation for animals and their habitats.
The only way that we can achieve this aim in the long term is through our work with governments, civil society and the private sector to create large-scale changes and influence policy making. ZSL also contributes to building conservation capacity and skills in the UK and abroad.
Protecting ecosystem services and fostering sustainable relationships between humans, habitats and species will be vital to protecting global biodiversity for good.
Wildlife Trade Crisis
In recent years the impact of illicit wildlife trade on species has reached unprecedented levels. This trade, linked to global criminal gangs and terrorist groups is estimated to be worth over $10billion annually and represents a threat to the very existence of some of our best loved species.
Tracking Emerging Threats
Our work addresses a broad range of threats to biodiversity, but we focus particularly on two major threats: climate change and disease. As part of this work, we are continually developing ground-breaking new tools for tracking the fate of species and populations to assess the state of the planet.
By understanding the current and future impacts of emerging threats and human damage, we can know best how to mitigate them.
More about new tools and tracking threats
Working with Industry
We assist in biodiversity monitoring and advise on best practices for certification of industry products, including the FSC and the Marine Stewardship council.
Read about our business and biodiversity projects
ZSL is not a lobby organization but provides the valuable scientific evidence and conservation advice for government and decision-makers to enable them to create effective policies. We are scientific advisors to Globe International and produce reports for the UN and scientific conventions.
Find out more about our advice to government
Training Future Conservationists
ZSL has a dedicated team of conservation scientists, field conservationists and experts in wildlife health and conservation breeding. Meet the team .
We also focus on training the next generation of conservation leaders and rangers in the UK and countries such as Gabon, Nepal and Kenya, to fuel future conservation action.
Find out about future conservationists