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The Snowdon Aviary at ZSL London Zoo is a landmark of historic, cultural and architectural significance. Conceived by the late Lord Snowdon and realised by the internationally recognised architect Cedric Price, this Grade II* listed building remains one of the most globally innovative architectural structures since its construction in 1978.
Today the Snowdon Aviary is being reimagined, allowing it to reclaim its status as an outstanding modern building. The Aviary will become the country’s most innovative and architecturally distinctive spaces, with designs developed by the award-winning architectural firm, Foster + Partners.
This incredible space will be transformed into a stunning walkthrough exhibit, allowing our millions of visitors each year to have a close encounter with nature. Black and white colobus monkeys will leap overhead, red duiker will feed on the forest floor, and African grey parrots will fly to the Aviary’s full height. Native to Africa, these species will act as ambassadors for their critically endangered wild counterparts as they have been especially devastated by the impacts of the illegal wildlife trade.
The Snowdon Aviary project represents a catalyst for change for ZSL. Beyond the bricks and mortar of the capital build, we have engaged thousands of people during the concept design stage, to overcome perceived barriers. The Aviary itself has been co-designed by local community members and underrepresented groups, to ensure it is a space which can be enjoyed by all. The programme includes:
We will develop the already launched community access scheme this has included offering 100,000 free and subsidised tickets to ensure ZSL London Zoo is accessible to all – helping people who currently face barriers to visiting, the opportunity to connect with wildlife.
Improve accessibility at ZSL London Zoo, making sure a day out at the Zoo is accessible to people with all needs and abilities, including those with additional needs and disabilities.
We will expand our education offer including creating a classroom as part of the Snowdon programme, including a long-term Practical Learning Programme with students from Pupil Referral Units.
We will expand our volunteers programme and work with partners to support community volunteering, aiming to attract a diverse range of people. We have already delivered part of this programme with young people with SEND having taken part in our horticulture volunteering offer.
An apprenticeship programme for local young people is encompassed within this programme, and we have already recruited three apprenticeships to date.
If you would like to support our work to engage children with nature, and to restore the stunning Snowdon Aviary, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7449 6403, or you can make a donation online.
To donate by credit card over the phone, please call ZSL's Supporter Contact Team on 0344 225 1826.
We are transforming the iconic Snowdon Aviary at ZSL London Zoo into a stunning new home for ZSL London Zoo’s colobus monkeys. The architectural restoration is being undertaken by architects, Foster + Partners, and will engage millions of people each year with the natural world.
ZSL has the largest troop of colobus monkeys in the UK, including youngsters Mandible and Anvil, who can’t wait to move into their new canal-side home.
The Snowdon Aviary campaign will also support hundreds of thousands of people who currently face barriers to visiting. We have already launched our campaign to offer 100,000 free and subsidised tickets to groups working with older people, people with additional needs and disabilities and low-income families in Camden and Westminster. Our Community Access scheme will continue to develop with the campaign ensuring everybody can connect with nature.
Help support our vital work by making a donation today.