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Become a Patron of RZSS

You can make a world of difference

RZSS Patrons are at the forefront of wildlife conservation, both here in Scotland and in over twenty countries around the world.

Over the years, our committed group of Patrons have become a cornerstone of support for pioneering conservation and research projects which are helping to conserve vulnerable and endangered animals.

Bringing you closer to our work

As a Patron, you will enjoy a closer relationship with the RZSS and gain a deeper knowledge of the conservation projects you support. Throughout the year, you will enjoy a programme of unique opportunities including:

  • Exclusive Patron events and behind the scenes tours
  • Invitations to meet our specialist staff
  • Visits to conservation projects in the wild
  • Unlimited access to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park for you and up to three family members 
  • Regular updates and news so that you can learn more about the projects you are supporting

The impact of your support will be felt across the world

As a Patron, your contribution will help to care for threatened species in our parks and support vital research and conservation work to protect their habitats in the wild.  You’ll also enable more young people to connect with nature and learn how to safeguard our amazing wildlife.

From preventing the extinction of wildcats in Scotland to conserving endangered Northern Rockhopper penguins, you’ll make a world of difference as a Patron of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.


“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