ZSL Fellowship

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Become a Fellow from only £44 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 £44 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.

Join or renew as a ZSL Fellow


Please note that whilst our Zoos have reopened, social distancing measures are in place and Fellows need to pre-book their free ticket(s) to visit our Zoos. These measures are regularly under review and we will update you as they change.

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.

Covid-19 has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on ZSL's finances and your support is critical at this time.

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Join or Renew a ZSL Fellow 

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Please contact Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826 or at fellowship@zsl.org with any questions about ZSL's Fellowship programme. If you would to support ZSL in a different way, please visit our Support ZSL page.

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 £44

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.

Your benefits

  • 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 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 fellowship@zsl.org 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

PDF icon Fellows Terms and Conditions 2020.pdf (209.9 KB)

ZSL Fellowship events and notifications

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 of events.


Monitoring Garden Wildlife Health using Citizen Science - 1 December 2020, at 6pm GMT

Join IoZ researcher and wildlife veterinarian Katharina Seilern-Moy, as she discusses the Garden Wildlife Health (GWH) project, a collaborative project between ZSL, the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).

Katharina will explore how Citizen Science can be used as a tool to monitor the health of, and identify disease threats, to British wildlife, using the example of GWH, which focuses on garden birds, hedgehogs, reptiles and amphibians. Katharina will explain how the project works and how data collected by the general public can provide valuable insights into wildlife health, with some examples of what they’ve learned so far.

There will also be plenty of time and opportunity to ask Katha your own questions about the project. Like our previous Fellows talk this will be held on Zoom.

Join Monitoring Garden Wildlife on 1 December at 6pm
*please check your E-News for your password or contact Fellowship@zsl.org

To join these events email us at fellowship@zsl.org


Receptions before ZSL's Science and Conservation Events
We are delighted to invite all ZSL Fellows to join us for a complimentary drinks reception for Fellows and their guests before each of ZSL's Science and Conservation lectures, which run throughout the academic year.  These receptions run between 5 and 6pm and provide the opportunity to meet ZSL staff working on the relevant topics, along with the Speakers from the lectures.  - On hold currently.


Become a ZSL Fellow 

Join online now

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Please contact Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826 or at fellowship@zsl.org 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.



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 of 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. 

2020 Fellowship pricing for annual subscription, from 1 January to 31 December 2020

Without Zoo Access

Fellow                                                                   £44


With Zoo access

Adult Fellow £149
Concession Fellow * £135
Graduate Fellow (with three years of completing studies) £76
Student Fellow £44

If you were a Fellow with a concession discount prior to 2018, you are still eligible for a much-discounted rate of £78 in 2020


Become a ZSL Fellow 

Join online now

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Please contact Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826 or at fellowship@zsl.org 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.



Renowned ZSL Fellows

ZSL Fellows are the heart of everything ZSL does, from lead scientific excellence in wildlife disease to world leading enclosure design and enrichment, since 1826. During this time we have had many ground breaking Fellows pave the way in science and conservation such as Sir Stamford Raffles, Charles Darwin, Howard Carer and now you.

We are privileged to count some of the world’s most respected conservationists amongst our Honorary Fellows including His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, Sir David Attenborough, Lord Paul of Marylebone and His Serene Highness, Prince Albert II of Monaco.

Whilst within our Honorary Conservation Fellows, we are delighted to include individuals at the forefront of innovative actions to protect wildlife including Actor Edward Norton, philanthropist Brian Sheth, Kate Humble; conservation organisation collaborators such as Mark Rose and John Robinson and some of the world’s most well respected researchers.


ZSL Historic and Honorary Fellows

1977  HRH The Duke of Edinburgh

1988  Professor Milton Thaigo de Mello

1991  HM The Emperor Akihito of Japan

1992  Professor Edward O. Wilson 

1998  Sir David Attenborough FRS

1999  Lord Robert May 

2001  Professor Sir Patrick Bateson FRS

2002  Dr William Conway 

2003  Professor Sir Brian Follett

2004  Sir Martin Holdgate

2005  Professor Sir John Krebs FRS

2005  Professor Katherine Ralls

2005  Professor Sir Brian Heap FRS

2006  Professor Sir John Lawton 

2007  Professor Sir John Beddington CMG FRS

2012  Dr Desmond Morris

2013  Ken Sims


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 ZSL 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 year 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 of London has been one of the most 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 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 knows what's around the corner? But, I'll still always look forward to visiting London and Whipsnade Zoos."





Become a ZSL Fellow 

Join online now

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Please contact Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826 or at fellowship@zsl.org 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.



Join ZSL Patronage and Fellowship today.

Join as Patron Fellow and help protect the planets most treasured species across the world. Contribute to conservation and discover our ground breaking scientific research as it emerges from the field.

Take one step closer to conservation and become a Patron Fellow to support ZSL at this critical time. In recognition of your support, you will have a host of benefits,these include events and tours at our two Zoos, invitations to join opening receptions, exclusive offers and unlimited visits. In addition Patron Fellows are able to bring 2 guests in for free during your visit as well as 2 complimentary entry tickets per year. Additionally there are opportunities for an exclusive behind the scenes experience; and a meeting with a scientist or conservationist from an area you're interested in**.

From £50 a month become a ZSL Patron Fellow and create a world where wildlife thrives. Please feel free to reach us on 020 7449 6406 or email patrons@zsl.org.

Act now and help ZSL advance our impact around the world

Details to note:

  • Patron Fellowship starts from £600 or £50 a month (to find out more about the tiers and benefits click here)
  • You and any adults over the age of 18 will become Patron Fellows, with children under the age of 18 receiving Patronages only as per the Fellowship Byelaws.
  • If you have a Fellowship now, your Fellowship will be extended to match the renewal date for your Patronage.

**Guardian and Presidents Circle only.