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Two young primary school girls looking at a trail leaflet in front of Gorilla Island at Bristol Zoo Gardens

Creating conservationists

Strategy to 2035 - Bristol Zoological Society.

Strategic plan


3. Creating conservationists

Diverse and disadvantaged communities


We want to reach audiences from a broad range of backgrounds, reflecting the diversity of the West of England population, and ensure that we are accessible to all. We will deliver socially-inclusive programmes, engaging disadvantaged communities that may not have had the chance to visit one of our sites before.

We will expand our Access to Nature bursary scheme to at least 15 groups per year. We will double the number of Zoo to You community outreach visits to more than 100 a year. We will continue to engage children and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds with our Wellbeing programme.

Close up of a jungle nymph on the hand of an education officer during an education session at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Parent with two young children in a light woodland area, looking up into the trees

Primary and secondary pupils and students


Bristol Zoological Society will be a centre of excellence for science learning, particularly in the natural sciences. We will develop, deliver and evaluate new innovative programmes, including outdoor learning, that provide a unique learning experience that complements science learning in school.

Learning will be embedded throughout the visitor experience with an increased capacity for participatory learning provided through the development of new exhibits. We will explore the role that technology can play in education programmes, alongside physical interaction, in more detail.

We will grow the number of pupils and students visiting the new Bristol Zoo to more than 90,000 a year, representing approximately 70% of those in the West of England Combined Authority, with an ambition that everyone in the West of England will visit the new Bristol Zoo at least once whilst at school.

Further and Higher education


We will develop a new Conservation Learning Centre at the new Bristol Zoo and, combined with the new Conservation Medicine Centre, review our plans for additional further and higher education provision whilst increasing student numbers on existing courses where appropriate and feasible.

Children at forest school
Molecular lab