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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.
ZSL AND CORONAVIRUS
Following the UK Government's annoucement of a national lockdown, ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoo will be closed from Tuesday 5 January until further notice. It will cost £1million this month to continue feeding and caring for our 20,000 animals, without any visitor income to support the cost.Covid-19 has had, and continues to have, a significant impact on ZSL's finances and your support is critical at this time.
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 £48
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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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.
Pathways to conservation
Monday 8th March, 6pm GMT - Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive with plenty of time.
Join our next exclusive Fellows and guest event aimed at those who want to enter into a career in conservation, science or zoology, particularly our Student and Graduate Fellows.
Each career journey is unique. Listen to our ZSL panel of conservation - Kate Moses, keeper, Daniel Kane and post-doctoral researcher, Daniella Rabaiotti, as we discuss their “Pathways to Conservation”. Gain some insider knowledge and top tips to help you on your own journeys with the opportunity for you to raise your own questions about their work and experiences.
Daniella Rabaiotti – Post-doctoral researcher at ZSL’s Institute of Zoology and New York times best selling author. Daniella’s research focuses on the impact of climate change on species behaviour and popular dynamics, using computational models to predict the impact of climate change on African wild dogs. In addition, Daniella is the author of children’s book Does It Fart? The Definitive Field Guide to Animal Flatulence (2017).
Daniel Kane – Senior Keeper at ZSL London Zoo’s herpetology department. Daniel provides hands-on care to all species within our historic reptile house, 365 days a year. He is involved in the development of his team for husbandry, training and conducting independent research. In recent years, he has worked on publishing research from within the team and has been engaged with the exciting field work for amphibians in Vietnam.
Kate Moses – Conservation scientist and team leader within ZSL’s monitoring technology programme. Kate leads Instant Wild, a citizen science app that crowd sources the processing and tagging of global camera trap images. Kate also works on other projects, including the development of Instant Detect, a satellite enabled camera trap system for threat detection.
My family and other fish: conserving wildlife in the Thames
Wednesday 17th March, 6pm GMT - Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive with plenty of time
Meet ZSL conservationist, Joe Pecorelli as he gives an overview of ZSL’s work along the Thames Estuary Joe will highlight some of the incredible wildlife that can be found is this iconic river, and explain how members of the public can get involved with helping ZSL us to monitor and protect the river for future generations.
To join these events email us at email@example.com
We are delighted to invite all Fellows to join our ZSL Science and Conservation lectures, which are now running online throughout the academic year. The next talk will be:
Return to the wild: How can we recover Extinct in the Wild species?
Return to the wild: How can we recover Extinct in the Wild species?
Tuesday 9 March, 6pm GMT
Species facing imminent extirpation from the wild are sometimes able to be rescued into zoos, aquariums, or botanical gardens before extinction. But what happens next for these species? Can they be restored back to the wild? Species recovery can be challenging if the threats that caused extirpation from the wild are still present in the species’ native range, or if new threats are emerging (e.g. climate change). Furthermore, extinct in the wild species may face threats from loss of genetic diversity and adaptation to captivity, which may impact the ability of the species to survive in the wild.
Despite the challenges, some species previously listed as extinct in the wild have been successfully recovered back to the wild (e.g. Przewalski's horse). However others have gone extinct while under human care in captivity (e.g. thylacine). There are currently 80 species listed as extinct in the wild on the IUCN red list of threatened species, ranging from the Franklin tree to the sihek (Guam kingfisher). Are there any lessons we can learn from the fates of different extinct in the wild species and what is next for the 80 species currently listed as extinct in the wild? In this event, we will explore the successes and challenges around recovery efforts for different extinct in the wild species.
Join here: zsl.org/IoZYouTube.
or join the new Wild lunch Wendesday talks
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 2021
Without Zoo Access
With Zoo access
|Concession Fellow *||£137|
|Graduate Fellow (with 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 £78 in 2020
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."
Join as a ZSL Patron Fellow today.
Our Patron and Fellowship programmes are designed to complement each other. For supporters who want to be right at the heart of all areas of ZSL, you can join as a Patron Fellow.
Not only will you help 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, but you will also enjoy the best of both Patronage and Fellowship at a discounted amount.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Details to note:
- *Eligibility criteria apply 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