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About RZSS


Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Our Mission:

To connect people with nature and safeguard threatened species

Established in 1909 by Edinburgh lawyer Thomas Gillespie, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is a registered charity which has been working to promote awareness and conservation of rare and endangered animals for over 100 years. In its original charter, granted in 1913, RZSS had the principle objective 'To promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology and kindred subjects and to foster and develop amongst the people with an interest in and knowledge of animal life.' RZSS also owns and runs Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park as well as supporting a wide variety of research and conservation projects here in the UK and around the world.

> View our RZSS Strategic Plan 2017 - 2022 From empathy to action