The animals at ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo joined in with some tasty celebrations today, 30 September, as the charity welcomed its 100,000th member.
To mark this new record for the conservation charity, zookeepers treated ZSL London Zoo’s inquisitive penguins and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s ring tailed lemurs to commemorative puzzle feeders stuffed full with their favourite snacks.
Membership numbers to the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have more than doubled in the past five years and have helped provide vital funding for many of its conservation and science projects overseas and in its zoos.
In 2013 alone, more than £5.4m was raised by ZSL’s members who helped fund vital conservation work, including its Sumatran tiger project, where initiatives such as anti-poaching patrols are helping to protect the last 300 individuals left in the wild.
ZSL’s Director of Fundraising, James Wren, says: “Reaching 100,000 members is a real milestone for ZSL, and we’re absolutely delighted that so many people have committed their support to us.
“As a charity, we really depend on our members and reaching this new record number means we’ll be able to carry out more conservation work than ever before - helping provide a future for endangered animals around the world.”
As well as supporting the charity, membership benefits include unlimited entry to both ZSL London Zoo and ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, subscription to ZSL’s award-winning magazine WildAbout, and discounts in both zoo’s shops and cafes.
To celebrate reaching 100,000 members ZSL is offering 10% off all new memberships bought before Saturday 25 October, 2014. Don’t miss out on this roar-some offer, charge to www.zsl.org/membership and enter code CELEBRATE.