For almost 200 years, ZSL Fellows have been vital to our 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 our 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 London Zoo and 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 scientists 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.


Please contact Supporter Services on 0344 225 1826 or at with any questions about ZSL's Fellowship programme.  
For further information, please read our Fellowship Terms and Conditions.

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 per year.

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.
  • Unlimited entry to London and Whipsnade Zoo for you and a family guest, including complimentary car access at Whipsnade Zoo (year round) and off peak car access at London Zoo.
  • Discounts on Wiley Life Science books at 20% 
  • 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.
  • Fellows receive 2 tickets every year to sign in two guests for half price at either London or Whipsnade Zoo.  


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) alongside supporting documentation such as a CV. Student in an eligible subject and Students in a non-eligible subject, wishing to apply for Student Fellowship and Concession Fellowship respectively, will also need to provide a copy of their supporting course documentation. If you have worked for ZSL or are a current or previous volunteer please ensure you include your dates or employment or volunteering with your application. 

Choose your Fellowship

Pricing from 1 January 2024

Adult Fellow£165
Concession Fellow *£148
Graduate Fellow (within three years of completing studies)           £80
Student Fellow£48

If you were a Fellow with a concession discount prior to 2018, you are still eligible for a much-discounted rate of £125 from 1 January 2024.

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Honorary Fellows

ZSL Fellows have been at the very forefront of pioneering science, ground-breaking conservation and world 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.

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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