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- Renowned ZSL Fellows
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Become a Fellow from only £48 a year
For almost 200 years, Fellows have been vital to ZSL’s vision for a world where wildlife thrives. Over two centuries, ZSL’s work to protect wildlife has been underpinned by scientific excellence, supported by collaborations with Fellows including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, and Sir David Attenborough.
Today, our Fellows are a community of thousands. They join to explore global conservation underpinned by world-leading science, and to be inspired by wildlife. Our Fellows choose to become part of our governing body, electing Council Members who work closely with ZSL’s senior leadership team to achieve our strategy and vision.
Apply to be a ZSL Fellow from only £48 and join a distinguished network who are shaping the future of conservation. In return, you will receive exclusive news about ZSL’s Zoos and projects here in the UK, and around the world, from world-leading scientists through newsletters and publications. You will be invited to meet scientists from ZSL and other organisations at events, as well as enjoying unlimited entry to both ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade for you and a family guest.
With 75% of emergent infectious diseases originating from animals, such as Ebola, HIV-AIDS and now, COVID-19, ZSL's role specialising in wildlife epidemiology has never been more important. Our scientisits have spent decades studying the transfer of disease from wildlife to humans and during this pandemic ZSL continues to positively contribute to global science as a leading voice.
ZSL Fellowship Benefits
By joining as a Fellow, you will be supporting our international work to protect wildlife and global ecosystems.
As a Fellow you will be informed about wildlife through ZSL’s scientific publications and discounts on other publications. In addition to access of expertise and resources including borrowing rights in ZSL’s library, one of the largest zoological collections in the country, and online journals. You will connect with the conservation community through exclusive engagements with our conservationists, keepers and scientists through events, tours and unlimited visits to our two Zoos.
Vitally, you will be engaged with the direction of the society by voting on ZSL matters including the right to stand for Council.
Student Fellowship will support your studies from only £52
Joining as a Student Fellow will give you a unique insight into global conservation programmes. You can take part as a citizen scientist and enjoy exclusive online conservation training. You will also have access to zoological journals, and discounts on symposia, as well as unlimited entry to both of our Zoos.
Governance responsibilities including the right to stand for, and electing ZSL's council Members (Trustees)
Receive ZSL’s publications including the Fellow exclusive publication, The Zoologist; and Wild About magazine.
Two half price tickets to use with a family guest for discounted admission to either ZSL London or Whipsnade Zoo
Discounts on Wiley books at 35% and subscriptions to Animal Conservation at 60%
Discounted ticketing for science ticketed lectures and symposia, including our keynote lecture of the year, the Stamford Raffles Lecture
Exclusive invitations to Fellow specialist events at our Zoos and with our scientists, conservationists and keepers
Borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL Library at Regent’s Park, the largest zoological collection in the country and a great place to study and research
Unlimited entry to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo for you and a family guest, including complimentary car access at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo (year round) and off peak car access at ZSL London Zoo
Become a ZSL Fellow
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Please contact Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826 or at email@example.com with any questions about ZSL's Fellowship programme.
If you would like to support ZSL in a different way, please visit our Support ZSL page.
Fellowship Terms and Conditions
ZSL Fellowship events and notifications
During this lockdown, keep engaged with ZSL's work through your exclusive Fellowship events. ZSL Fellows are invited to a range of events throughout the year, representing the breadth of ZSL's activities and offering you the opportunity to connect with ZSL's science, conservation and zoological work. ZSL Fellows are also offered priority invitations to selected events throughout the ZSL calendar.
To join future events or visit previous ones online email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for access.
The Royal Walking Tour
27-31 May 2022, 10:30am and 1:30pm, ZSL London Zoo
Enjoy a royal tour of ZSL London Zoo learning about our historic and royal past. From receiving animals from the tower of London from King George IV, ZSL Council Member Prince Philip, to royal openings at Land of Lions and Tiger territory, ZSL has had the Royal Stamp of approval. Follow in these Royal Footsteps and take a trip to the past.
Contact Fellowship@zsl.org for booking instructions.
The Royal Walking Tour
27-31 May 2022, 10:30am and 1:30pm, ZSL London Zoo
For our second year running we are delighted to offer our Fellowship the opportunity to exclusively volunteer on our hedgehog surveys, after hours at London Zoo. You will help us to locate, measure and mark hedgehogs that we find in London’s last hedgehog stronghold. You may also hear and see what some of our animals get up to when our Zoos close for the evening!
Dates and times are below:
- Friday, 06 May: 20:30h-00:30h (late evening)
- Saturday, 07 May: 00:45h-04:45h (early morning)
- Friday, 13 May: 20:30h-00:30h (late evening)
- Saturday, 14 May: 00:45h-04:45h (early morning)
Spaces are very limited so email Fellowship@zsl.org to reserve your exclusive spot now!
Annual General Meeting
Thursday 24 November 2022, Time TBC
Join us as we discuss ZSL's activities and successes from the 2021-2022 financial year.
Further information coming soon!
We are delighted to invite all Fellows to join our upcoming ZSL Science and Conservation lectures, which are now running online throughout the academic year.
Join future talks or catch up here: zsl.org/IoZYouTube.
ZSL Fellowship pricing and eligibility
Application for Fellowship is open to those over the age of 18 who can demonstrate:
- An interest, or involvement in the fields of zoology, biology or a related area
- Current studies in conservation, zoology, or a related life science or subject
- Three or more continuous years and up to date commitment to ZSL as a Member
- ZSL volunteering, past and present, or former ZSL Employment
To apply for ZSL Fellowship, you will need to enclose your application (at least 250 words). Student Fellows and those Student wishing to apply for concession Fellowship will also need to provide a copy of their supporting course documentation. You will receive your Fellowship welcome immediately, however your application will be reviewed by ZSL Council for final approval.
Choose your Fellowship
Please note that all applications for Fellowship are subject to the receipt of supporting documentation and final approval by ZSL Council.
Pricing from 1 January 2022
Without Zoo Access
With Zoo access
|Concession Fellow *||£143|
|Graduate Fellow (within three years of completing studies)||£78|
If you were a Fellow with a concession discount prior to 2018, you are still eligible for a much-discounted rate of £96 from 1 January 2022.
ZSL Fellows have been at the very forefront of pioneering science, ground-breaking conservation andworld leading animal husbandry for nearly 200 years. Please find a list below of those who have been awarded ZSL's highest honour, Honorary Fellowship, for their contributions and commitment towards our vision for a world where wildlife thrives.
We are privileged to count some of the world’s most respected conservationists amongst our Honorary Fellows including Sir David Attenborough and His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco.
ZSL Honorary Fellows
1975 Professor Jean Anthony
1975 Professor Jean Dorst
1977 His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT
1984 Professor Ernst Mayr
1988 Professor Milton Thaigo de Mello
1990 Professor Knut Schmidt-Nielson
1991 His Majesty The Emperor Akihito of Japan
1992 Professor Edward O. Wilson
1996 Professor John Maynard-Smith FRS
1997 The Hon Miriam Rothschild DBE, FRS
1998 Sir David Attenborough OM, CH, CVO, CBE, FRS
1999 Sir Robert May, OM, AC, FRS
2001 Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS
2002 Professor Robert McNeil Alexander CBE, FRS
2002 Dr William Conway
2003 Professor Sir Brian Follett FRS, DL
2004 Sir Martin Holdgate CB
2005 Professor Sir John Krebs FRS
2005 Professor Katherine Ralls
2005 Professor Sir Brian Heap CBE, FRS
2006 Professor Sir John Lawton CBE, FRS
2007 Professor Sir John Beddington CMG, FRS
2011 Lord Claus Moser KCB, CBE
2012 Dr Desmond Morris
2013 Ken Sims
2019 The Rt Hon Lord Paul
2020 His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco
2020 Rupert Hambro CBE
2021 Dr Michael Brambell
2021 Field Marshal Sir John Chapple GCB CBE
Join as a ZSL Patron Fellow today.
Be at the heart of all areas of ZSL and join as a Patron Fellow. Our Patron Fellowship is designed to allow you to enjoy the best of both Patronage and Fellowship at a discounted amount, whilst you help to protect the planet's most threatened species across the world, contribute to conservation and discover our ground-breaking scientific research as it emerges from the field.
Firstly, choose the level of Patronage at which you wish to join and then you can add Fellowship* at no extra cost! You will enjoy all the benefits of Patronage and all the following non-Zoo access benefits of Fellowship (this is because you will receive enhanced Zoo access benefits as part of your Patronage):
- Governance responsibilities including the right to stand for, and electing ZSL's Council Members (Trustees)
- Receive ZSL's publications including the Fellow exclusive publication, The Zoologist, and Wild About magazine
- Discounts on Wiley books at 35% and subscriptions to Animal Conservation at 60%
- Discounted ticketing for science ticketed lectures and symposia, including our keynote lecture of the year, the Stamford Raffles Lecture
- Exclusive invitations to Fellow and Speaker receptions before ZSL's monthly scientific lectures and other speciailist events at our Zoos and with our scientists, conservationists and keepers
- Borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL Library at Regent's Park, the largest zoological collection in the country and a great place to study and research
Please feel free to contact us on 020 7449 6406 or email email@example.com if you have any questions.
Details to note:
- *Eligibility criteria applies for Fellowship. Please check the 'Eligibility and Pricing' information. If you are not currently eligible, you can still join as a Patron, enjoying exclusive access to ZSL, and you will be eligible to add Fellowship after just one year of Patronage
- Patron Fellowship starts from £600 or £50 a month
- You and any eligible named members on your Patronage will become Patron Fellows (adults over the age of 18 only will be eligible as per the Fellowship Byelaws)
- If you are already a Fellow and want to become a Patron Fellow, your Fellowship will be extended to match the renewal date for your Patronage