There are more of us than ever, yet the world isn’t getting any bigger.  

Human activity is pushing our precious planet to its limit, causing the devastating loss of so many habitats while threatening the critical systems that support communities, ways of life and our future. 

When Nature loses, We all do.

But it’s only by working together with communities big and small, on the ground and around the world, that we can transform evidence into meaningful action and help people and wildlife live better together. 

  • 90%
    Of those living in extreme poverty are reliant on healthy, biodiverse forests (UN)
  • 3 billion
    More than 3bn people depend on marine and coastal biodiversity for their livelihoods (CBD)
  • 229
    Community banks supported in eight countries, helping almost 5,859 members
  • Rebalance the world

    By working with, and responding to, the ever-evolving, changing, breathing environment around us, we can create a more balanced world where people and wildlife live better together. 

    Our projects

    • 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.

    • Two people seen from behind walking along the shore of a beach in Mozambique

      Our Sea Our Life - Tackling unsustainable fishing practices

      Working with communities to establish more sustainable fishing practices.

    • ZSL conservationist looking out with binoculars across Mongolian steppe plains

      Illegal wildlife trade in Mongolia

      We have pioneered infrastructure to prevent the illegal wildlife trade across Mongolia, by establishing a new ecological police department and providing cutting-edge border control training.

    • Gayatri Rai with her daughter in front of tailoring shop

      How a tailor can save tigers

      How can a tailor help save a forest? Helping people and wildlife live better together.

    • Three straw coloured fruit bats hanging on a tree branch

      Understanding bats and disease

      Bats make up 22% of all mammals, and their unique immune response which enables them to remain healthy despite carrying viruses that would cause serious disease in people and other mammals.

    • Tope shark
      Under threat from fishing and habitat degradation

      Project SIARC

      We’re working at the cutting edge of conservation to protect angel sharks and create practical routes to their recovery.

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    Supporting those living with wildlife

    Sustainable living is key to reducing human threats to endangered wildlife and protecting biodiversity. We work with people to find solutions that work for them and help wildlife to thrive; from community banking to dairy co-operatives, we’re supporting those living with wildlife every way we can. 

    Together for Nature

    We believe nature can recover but right now it needs our support. Together, we can restore wildlife - join us in our fight to save our natural world.

    As the original science-driven conservation organisation, we’re working to restore wildlife in the UK and around the world. Discover more about our global conservation work. 

    Our global conservation work

    • Nature guide for ZSL driving conservation in Asia

      Conservation in Asia

      Protecting Asiatic lions in India, recovering Greater one-horned rhinos in Nepal, and discovering new species in Vietnam.

    • ZSL conservationist chatting with locals in Dja faunal reserve


      We're working across Africa to protect people and wildlife on the brink of ecological emergency.

    • A three-toed pygmy sloth climbing a tree


      Our scientists have recorded 94% new species loss since 1970 in Latin America and Caribbean alone.

    • Hedgehog walking under some ferns

      Conservation in UK and Europe

      Remember the last time you saw a hedgehog rustling in the leaves? We're restoring wildlife across Britain and Europe.

    • Male hihi close-up black head with a white streak, and yellow streaks along body

      Conservation in Oceania

      Recovering island wildlife which is most at risk from invasive species.

    • Two king penguins in Antarctica standing in front of a mountain

      Conservation in Antarctica

      Gathering genetic and behavioural data to secure the future Antarctic penguins.

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    Our priorities