Donations & Support

Donations & Support

As a charity, the Zoo relies on donations to carry on with conservation work both at the Zoo and in situ

National Zoological Society of Wales Appeal

Your Zoo Needs You

As our supporters will know, we made the incredibly hard decision to close our gates on Sunday 22 March to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and the wider community in this current COVID-19 crisis.

There’s no doubt that these are challenging times for all us, but this crisis is one of the worst the National Zoo of Wales has ever faced in its 57-year history.

Whilst the gates are closed, our dedicated and hard-working team are continuing to provide the best care for our amazing animals, as they always do. However, with 140 species to care for and reduced running costs still in excess of £118,000 per month, the National Zoological Society of Wales (our Charity), really does need your support.

No visitors to the Zoo means no income for the Charity. If you can, please help us to secure the future of the Zoo by making a donation. Whether you give a little or give a lot, the support you provide will help us to continue the care for our animals and throw our gates back open at the end of this crisis.

Your ongoing support has been, and will continue to be, so greatly received.

If you wish to donate now, please click here.

Leaving the Welsh Mountain Zoo in your will

When writing your Will, we understand that who you want to include in your Will is personal.

Those close to you must always be your priority, but it is possible to provide for your loved ones first, then leave a gift to the National Zoological Society of Wales which will ensure we can continue the vital work we do to sustain a better future for the animals in our care and the conservation of animals in the wild for generations to come.

As a registered charity, The National Zoological Society of Wales relies completely on donations in order to support vital conservation projects worldwide. Your gift can really make a difference to help us support endangered species which in some cases are facing extinction in the wild. Any size of gift will help us to continue our charitable work.

A legacy is one of the best gifts you can give us, as it provides a secure resource for our future. It can take the form of money or property. Such a legacy can be directed generally to the Society’s finances, allowing the Trustees to decide how best to allocate it to further our charitable objectives. Alternatively, you may prefer to specify a species, or area of activity eg. education, that you would like to benefit.

Leaving a legacy to the National Zoological Society of Wales is actually very simple. Your solicitor will be able to help you amend an existing will to include The National Zoological Society of Wales as a beneficiary.

Your solicitor will simply need our name, address and our registered charity number:

National Zoological Society of Wales

Registered Charity No. 514108

National Zoological Society of Wales

Old Highway

Colwyn Bay

North Wales

LL28 5UY

A specific amount of money that you would like to leave to the National Zoological Society of Wales. Remember that inflation will reduce the value of these gifts over the years, so it is wise to revise them from time to time.

A specific item, including land / property, that you would like to leave to us. You will have to describe this item very precisely in your will.

The remainder of your estate after you have specified all your pecuniary and specific bequests. If you do not specify what you would like to happen to this, the law will make the decision on your behalf.

If you would like to see your gift go to a zoo project specifically you can stipulate this by asking your solicitor to word it as a "Purpose gift to the National Zoological Society of Wales". As things can change, we would recommend that you do not name a particular species. We would suggest that you contact us to assist you with how you word such a gift. Please remember, that you do not pay any inheritance tax on any gifts to a charity.

A valid up-to-date will is the only way to ensure your wishes are carried out in the future so it is worth taking the time to sort this out. You can then be sure that your loved ones are provided for and that you can support any charities that you really care about.

Legacy Example:

Generations of Chimpanzees at the Welsh Mountain Zoo will benefit from the fact that in 1990 the zoo charity received two generous legacies from two individuals who remembered the animals in their wills.

These donations made possible the provision of underfloor heating and play equipment in Chimpanzee World. You can choose to leave a fixed amount (which is known as a pecuniary legacy) or a percentage of the residue of your estate (a residual legacy) to the charity.

Please pledge your gift today for the endangered species that need your help in the future.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of leaving a legacy please contact us by;

Telephone: 01492 532 938 ext 3.

Write to us:

Nick Jackson - CEO,

National Zoological Society of Wales,

Old Highway

Colwyn Bay

North Wales

LL28 5UY


This will assist us with our long-term planning. Contacting us does not commit you to anything; it is simply a statement of your present wishes and will be treated in the strictest confidence.

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