It is open to individuals and groups who may not usually be able to visit either Wild Place Project or Bristol Zoo Gardens due to costs, transportation access, or restricting carer responsibilities.
The bursary contributes towards, and may even fully cover: admission to either attraction as well as an optional education session and return travel in an animal-themed minibus.
Simon Garrett, head of conservation learning at Bristol Zoological Society, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to offer this bursary to help bring people closer to nature.
“There are many individuals and community groups in the area who would love to encounter, discover and learn more about the animals we care for, as well as find out more the work we do to protect animals around the world, and what they can do to help, but find it difficult to do so for either financial or mobility reasons. We’d like to do what we can to remove these barriers.”
Community groups and individuals in and around Bristol can apply for the scheme here: www.bristolzoo.org.uk
The wildlife charity is asking for the support of businesses to help fund the scheme. Western Power Distribution and Sanlam UK have already shown their support by funding a number of free visits. City West Commercials has also donated an animal-themed minibus to collect and transport people to either of the attractions.
Bristol Zoological Society is a conservation and education charity. The Society relies on the generous support of the public not only to fund its important work at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, but also its vital conservation and research projects spanning five continents.