Community engagement

Stronger communities have a greater capacity to care for wildlife – and through our zoos and our global reach we can help people realise the mental and physical health and wellbeing benefits of being close to nature.  

By 2030, working in Scotland and across the world, we want to enable more than 100 communities to better protect nature by:

• improving the wellbeing of communities, groups and individuals through access to nature

• enabling communities, groups and individuals to enhance life skills, opportunities and wellbeing through volunteering

• using our zoos as a resource to support local initiatives and strengthen communities, harnessing the unique convening power of nature

Find out more about our community engagement work at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park below.

Maurice Hickman giving a talk to visitors about giant pandas IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022
Two giraffes facing to the right. IMAGE: Amy Middleton 2023

Edinburgh Zoo

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Snow leopard Koshi stood on a snowy hillside looking at the camera [EYE CONTACT] IMAGE: Alyson Houston 2021

Highland Wildlife Park

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Joan RZSS volunteer in front of penguin pool

Support us

Our willdife conservation charity's volunteers play a huge role in helping us connect people with nature and protect threatened species in Scotland and around the world. Whether you are helping us with visitor engagement, education, or gardens, RZSS volunteers make an impact every day.

If you are looking for an incredibly rewarding opportunity, you have come to the right place!

Become a volunteer