15 November 2023

Tackling climate change and biodiversity loss

We've teamed up with science and conservation partners to generate investment for science solutions to planetary challenges.

Hazel dormouse Stethoscope

Working together for nature 

We are delighted to be part of an exciting partnership with the potential to expand the impact of our science and conservation through nature-based solutions.

Sustainability investor Greensphere Capital expects to invest up to £100 million in the coming years to scale up research in areas including biodiversity, forestry and habitat restoration in the UK and internationally.

ZSL Kenya conservationists watching elephants

Greensphere is partnering with ZSL – along with 11 other science and conservation partners including Kew Gardens, and research institutes including John Innes, Earlham and Quadram – to generate investment for science activities with real-world conservation applications ranging from agriculture to green financial technologies.

ZSL will work with Greensphere to identify potential new investment opportunities arising from ZSL research.

Researchers next to Thames getting samples

Our science and conservation

ZSL has 140 scientists and PhD students working on science that supports and informs our conservation in more than 50 countries worldwide, and more than 150 conservation staff busy developing, testing and using innovative techniques and technologies.

Building on almost 200 years of scientific discovery in the fields of zoology and conservation, along with access to living collections and dynamic feedback from field programmes, ZSL is uniquely positioned to explore solutions to these challenges.

Two people planting mangrove trees as part of ZSL restoration project.

The conservation challenge

Globally there is a $750bn funding gap for conservation, and initiatives like this help us to directly address that challenge through a like-minded and well-funded commercial partner.

ZSL CEO Matthew Gould said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for us to expand our impact and scale ZSL innovation at the kind of speed the world needs. It means our scientists and conservationists will have access to experts and investors as they develop solutions for our planet.”

Divya Seshamani, Managing Partner of Greensphere Capital explains: “We are committed to investing in solutions to some of the world’s greatest challenges around climate change and biodiversity loss, and believe that nature-based solutions are critical levers to managing these systemic risks. Having seen that much of what we could invest in was not based on hard science or verifiable evidence, we have sought out partners like ZSL that share our values and vision but have a deep and respected science base.”

Elephant herd in camera trap

Scaling up marine conservation

A great example ZSL’s science and conservation being scaled up is Coast4C, a now-independent social enterprise which began life as a ZSL conservation project looking for ways to reduce marine plastics by redesigning global supply chains. Through the project we developed a relationship with Interface, a manufacturer that could turn discarded fishing nets, retrieved from the ocean by coastal communities, into carpet tiles. You can see these carpet tiles in Tiny Giants at London Zoo.

By working with Greensphere and partner institutions we can identify opportunities like this quickly, and access potential funding to make real-world impact as soon as possible.

Together for wildlife

  • ZSL anti-poaching patrol in Dja reserve Cameroon
    Protecting a UNESCO World Heritage Site

    Dja conservation complex

    Empowering local people to protect their home and the wildlife they live alongside.

  • Birds flying mangrove forest island
    Restoring ecosystems


    Our projects in the Philippines have restored and protected over 900 hectares of abandoned fishpond mangroves - around the size of 1,260 football pitches.

  • African elephant in drought, barren landscape
    Tackling the climate crisis

    Climate change

    The climate crisis is pushing our planet to its limit, but together we have the power to make a difference.

  • Chinese giant salamander sitting on a rock beside a stream
    Creating a new future for an ancient species

    Chinese giant salamander conservation

    Together with our partners, we completed the largest ever wildlife survey in Chinese conservation history, and discovered just 24 giant salamanders, all of which were likely escapees from farms.

  • Hazel dormouse close-up, dark circular eyes with rosy orange fur
    Reintroducing the hazel dormouse to British countryside

    Hazel dormouse

    By working together with our conservation partners, we've managed to successfully reintroduce over 1,000 dormice