Many great names have graced our Fellowship from Charles Darwin to Edward Lear.
Our Fellows have pioneered field research and set standards for world class breeding programmes and by becoming a ZSL Fellow you are making a direct contribution to our world-leading scientific programmes and field projects.
Dr Charles Veron Author of Corals of the World
There is so much about the zoo that I loved. The gorillas of course, but for me the most memorable aspect is the recognition given to small animals, especially the marine exhibits. Every person, certainly every child who comes to the zoo will leave with their lives enriched and with memories that will last for the rest of their lives.
Dr Juliet Clutton-Brock Former editor of the Journal of Zoology
In 1938 when I was five years old, my father took me to London Zoo for the first time. I remember well how we sat on a bench and my father told me about how we were all “descended from monkeys”. Thus began my seventy years association with the animal world, which included thirty years working in the Mammal Section of the Natural History Museum followed by thirteen years as an editor of ZSL’s Journal of Zoology. .
Dr David Harrison
The Zoological Society has been one of the enduring foundation stones of my life. Providing inspiration and encouragement for more than half a century. It has been a forum for discussion and friendship with scientific colleagues that has been a priceless asset.
Dr Andrew Higgins Editor in Chief of The Veterinary Journal
I have been associated with ZSL for over 20 years. This involvement has provided a valuable insight into the evolution of the Society and underlined its vital role in animal conservation. The dedication and commitment of the curators and veterinary staff are exceptional. I am convinced that the more the public understand the importance of the work of ZSL the more will be achieved; education is pivotal to the future.
Dr Andrew Kitchener Principal Curator of Vertebrates, National Museums of Scotland
ZSL has been an inspiration to me throughout my life. I remember my first visit to London Zoo at about four years of age and being amazed at seeing so many different species of animals especially in the Clore Pavilion. I was particularly impressed by the huge male orangutan next to Guy the gorilla. Now I’m able to put something back into ZSL by editing the Journal of Zoology and being a member of the Zoos Advisory Committee. My involvement with ZSL is always changing – who know what’s around the corner? But, I’ll still always look forward to visiting London and Whipsnade Zoos.
Professor Charles Sheppard Advisor of Marine and coastal management for a range of UN, governmental and aid agencies.
The UK has recently declared the Chagos Archipelago to be a no-take marine protected area - the largest in the world at the present time. Helping to get this achieved, the ZSL has played a central role, along with several other major organisations, science bodies and NGOs. The work of ZSL here has, and will continue to greatly help in conservation for the benefit of many western Indian Ocean countries and their people.
This is a bit different to my first experiences of ZSL of course, but many think this is a landmark achievement and one which might not have happened without ZSL.
Dr Geoffrey L. Ridgway
I joined the Zoological Society of London as a Student Fellow in the early 1960’s. The library was an excellent source of references, including very helpful staff. My continuing interest in Zoology was my work as an infectious diseases specialist, plus the occasional processing of specimens from the Society’s animals as a Clinical Microbiologist at University College Hospital. The high spot of this brief encounter was the investigation of the panda’s infertility in the late 1970’s. I have continued my involvement with the society to allow access to both London and Whipsnade zoos, but more importantly to help facilitate the continuation of the societies work.