It is with sadness that we must announce the temporary closure of both Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project due to the third national lockdown. We will be closing our doors to visitors from Tuesday 5 January 2021. It is only recently that I was in touch regarding our new and exciting plans to create a new Bristol Zoo at our Wild Place Project site and this temporary closure will not inhibit this strategy unduly.
We understand that this closure may have interrupted plans for many of our visitors and supporters. We are working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that we can minimise any inconvenience and you will be able to enjoy your visit at a future date.
Please be assured that our keepers and vet teams will continue working hard behind the scenes, to provide the high standard of care that our animals are used to.
One of the most important things we have learned over the past year is that the loyalty and support of our members and the Bristol community is unwavering and vital, both for safeguarding our long-term prosperity and immediate operating needs.
During the first national lockdown, we launched a fundraising appeal to support our work ‘saving wildlife together’. To date you have raised over £100,000 which has enabled us to adapt to the many changes and challenges that Covid has presented us with.
Now faced with a third closure, the BZS Appeal is more important than ever. We understand that these are difficult times and your priorities remain closer to home. But, if you are able to donate, please do, and let others know of the BZS Appeal. This is hugely appreciated. To find out more, or if you can help by making a donation, please visit virginmoneygiving.com/fund/covid19appeal. We maintain our hope that the current lockdown will be time limited and the ongoing programme of vaccination will restore confidence for our wellbeing.
Thank you for your support and understanding and please keep checking the Wild Place and Bristol Zoo websites and social media channels for updates.
Please also check our e-newsletters and follow us on social media for news and updates.
Thank you for all your support and stay safe and well.
Dr Justin Morris
Chief Executive of Bristol Zoological Society
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