Always be there for the animals you love

Snow leopard cub sat on platform looking to the left. IMAGE: Amy Middleton 2023

A gift in your Will to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is a special way to let your love of animals live on.

Whether you have fond memories of visiting Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park or care passionately about protecting endangered species, you can help to create a world where nature is protected, valued and loved.  

Your gift will help ensure keepers and conservationists continue protecting endangered animals in your zoos and in the wild, long into the future. 

RZSS recognises Gifts in Wills with a personal memorial in the form of a beautiful plaque, each with a message and engraving of the animal most loved by the donor during their lifetime.

Always be remembered at your zoo or park

Japanese Garden at Edinburgh Zoo IMAGE: Fundraising 2024

At Edinburgh Zoo

The Japanese Garden, our garden of generosity, is a unique place of tranquillity, of unbroken quiet, that you may not even know about. It's a special place where we recognise those who’ve been exceptionally generous in their support with a memorial plaque.  

Grey great owl sitting on a branch in a tree looking to the left IMAGE: Allie McGregor 2023

At Highland Wildlife Park

Memorial plaques are placed amongst the wonderful natural spaces and landscape views of the Scottish Highlands. 

Including a gift in your Will

When instructing your solicitor, simply pass on our name, address and charity number:

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh, EH12 6TS

Scottish Charity Number: SC004064

If you already have a Will, your solicitor can add a codicil, which is an amendment to your wishes.

To make a gift to a specific project or area of work, please get in touch for a confidential discussion to ensure we can meet your wishes.

Contact us for more information

Our promise to you

Northern lynx sitting in the snow looking to the right IMAGE: Laura Moore 2021

Respecting your privacy

We understand your estate plans are personal and we’ll respect your privacy. We will only share your gift information with those who need to know for administrative and legal purposes. We won’t share your information for any other reason without your permission.

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Being transparent

We’ll provide regular updates on the impact of any gift you make now and explain how any future gift will be used. We’ll always be available to answer any questions you may have about our work, our activities, or your gift.

Gelada baboons sitting in a tree Image: Allie McGregor 2023

Honouring your wishes

We understand that your legacy gift reflects your values and priorities. We’ll honour any restrictions or preferences you have specified in your estate plans, and we will use your gift in the way that you intended.

Chimpanzee Deli and her baby up in a tree partially obscured by leaves Image: LAURA DANIELS 2023

Recognising your generosity

We’ll recognise your legacy gift in a meaningful way, and with your permission, we’ll publicly acknowledge your generosity as an inspiration to others.

Have a question about leaving a gift to RZSS?

To discuss your plans in confidence, please contact Mia Lutsch at or call 0131 314 0380.

If you’ve already included RZSS in your Will, thank you! Please get in touch as we’d love the opportunity to thank you in person and show you the lasting impact your gift will have. 

Let your love of animals live on

Betty Heath is now doing what she always wanted – helping to save wildcats from extinction in Scotland.

She’s helping to feed and care for wildcats in the Saving Wildcats Conservation Breeding for Release centre and preparing young wildcats for their future lives in the wild.  

The team will be relying on Betty’s support as they monitor the new population of released wildcats roaming across the Cairngorms National Park. 


IMAGE: Sian Addison
Betty Heath plaque at the Japanese Garden in Edinburgh Zoo IMAGE: Fundraising 2024

Betty loved nature and animals and took a keen interest in Saving Wildcats. In 2016 she decided to include a gift in her Will to help wildcats, and her family knew she wanted to become a benefactor to her ‘special friends‘.  She shared their hardiness and spent much of her life amongst the mountains and wild places of Scotland.

It’s several years since Betty passed away but her legacy to RZSS lives on, giving these much-loved animals a future in the wilds of Scotland which she cared about so passionately.  

If you would like to learn more about helping the animals you love through a gift in your Will, please get in touch.