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Field of bluebells at Wild Place Project

Sustaining our environment

Strategy to 2035 - Bristol Zoological Society.

Strategic plan


4. Sustaining our environment

Environmental leadership


We will lead the national and international zoo community, to more actively consider and deliver improved environmental sustainability across our industry, and help others to apply this to their organisations. In particular, we will support colleagues to be environmental ambassadors providing the tools and skills to influence others as they share best practice with colleagues in other zoos and conservation organisations. We will use our convening power to ensure local, national and international discussion and debate on the climate and ecological emergencies. In particular we will reclaim our leadership position locally as one of the pillars of the city and region engaging with wildlife-related environmental issues and stimulating greater thought and consideration of these.

Our environment


Caring for and sustaining the environment is central to our mission and this philosophy will flow through everything that we do. By 2035 we will be a carbon-neutral organisation. Specifically, we will aim for all procurement to be sourced sustainably, in particular our food and packaging materials. We will reduce the environmental impact of our operation, focussing on our energy and water consumption, both at our zoo and in our field conservation projects, and on our waste production. We will showcase our achievements in environmental sustainability to our visitors, through enhanced public engagement, and instil in our visitors an appreciation of the importance and benefits of sustainable living.

Solar panels at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Electric car charging point

Influencing the future


Two sleepy Visayan warty pigs at Bristol Zoo Gardens

We will work together with the international zoo and conservation communities, in particular the International Union for Conservation of Nature, to develop new ideas and approaches to biodiversity and wildlife conservation. We will influence national government policy on issues concerning the environment such as the illegal wildlife trade. We will play a much more active role in discussions about the future priorities for Bristol and the region, in particular the relationship between humans and wildlife. We will lead the wider zoo community in a discussion about the zoo of the 21st century and beyond, as a result of our own focus on the development of the new Bristol Zoo.

Neil Green being interviewed on invasive weeds
Jen Nightingale being interviewed about trapping invasive signal crayfish at Chew Magna