Care and conserve

It’s now even easier to donate to our Covid-19 Animal Care Fund as we launch a text-to-give campaign.

Colourful, hexagon-shaped signage has been dotted on enclosures around the 40-acre site to hopefully help boost our animal appeal as we head into the quieter winter months.

Visitors can choose to donate either £1, £3, £5 or £10, with each sign depicting specific text codes.

Conservation Officer, Chris Leeson, who set up the initiative and helped design the fundraising signs, said: “We set up an online appeal during lockdown when we were reaching crisis point and were heartened by the support we received from generous members of the public, who provided a much-needed lifeline at a time we needed it most.

“But DZC’s struggle isn’t over, as we now have a long winter ahead and with fewer paying visitors expected on site, we’re facing further uncertain times.

“Any donations we receive will be greatly appreciated and will directly help care for our 1,600-strong animal collection.”


** We are now utilising the National Funding Scheme where visitors can choose to donate if they wish to. From each text the campaign gets 96.5% of the donation with the National Funding Scheme getting the 4.5% as an admin charge. Texts cost the donation amount and your standard mobile network rate. We do not share information directly with customers.  However, if customers choose to make a donation, they can see how their data is processed by visiting the NFS’s Privacy Notice:  **