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Bringing you closer to the animals you love

RZSS Patrons are at the forefront of wildlife conservation, both here in Scotland and across the world. 

Enjoy a closer relationship with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) as an RZSS Patron. With a like-minded group of caring supporters like you, you can learn about the animals you love from the experts who look after them at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, as well as meeting the dedicated conservationists working to protect them in the wild.

Throughout the year, you will enjoy a unique programme including: 

  • Invitations to exclusive monthly Patron events and behind-the-scenes experiences to see the impact of your support first-hand
  • Opportunities to name baby animals
  • Regular updates and news about the people and projects you are helping
  • A dedicated contact to help you learn more about RZSS and the projects you care about
  • Unlimited access to Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park for you and up to three family members
  • All the benefits of RZSS membership, including free visits to 12 other zoos in the UK and Europe

The impact of your support will be felt across the world!

As a Patron, you will help to care for endangered animals in Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park and support vital research and conservation work to protect them in the wild.  You will also enable more people to connect with animals and be inspired to protect, value and love nature. 

From preventing the extinction of wildcats in Scotland to conserving endangered northern rockhopper penguins, you’ll make a world of difference when you become an RZSS Patron! 


“Being a Patron is hugely rewarding and supporting the conservation and education work which the Society carries out is something I am very proud of.“

Jonathan Gray

RZSS Patron

We welcome applications from anyone interested in joining us. Patronage starts at £500 a year for individual members, £800 for joint membership. For more information on RZSS Patrons, please call 0131 314 0380 or email


You can now sign up online with a one-off gift or set up a monthly Direct Debit or download our Patrons Invitation and return it to the Development Office. 

> Download our Patron invitation


Royal Patron

  • HRH The Princess Royal KG, KT

Civic Patrons

  • The Rt. Hon. Frank Ross, Lord Provost of the City of Edinburgh


We are grateful for the support of our current patrons listed below, and others who prefer to remain anonymous. 

  • Anne Carruthers
  • John Fitzgerald
  • Maria Frizzoni
  • Gavin and Kate Gemmell
  • Alun Grassick
  • Jonathan Gray
  • Christine and Ken McWilliam
  • Jill Mercado Murray
  • Stuart Richardson & Steven Robertson
  • Professor Eric Salzen