Become a Patron

Patrons of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) 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.

Red panda Ginger looking at the camera (eye-contact). IMAGE: Amy Middleton (2022)

Bringing you closer to the animals you love

As a Patron, you can enjoy a closer relationship with RZSS and gain a deeper knowledge of wildlife and conservation through 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 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 
Wildcat at Edinburgh Zoo looking at the camera IMAGE: Amy Middleton (2023)

The impact of your support will be felt across the world

Protect amazing wildlife:

  • A donation of £500 could feed a pair of wildcats in the dedicated conservation breeding for release centre at Highland Wildlife Park for a month
  • A donation of £1,000 could help provide expert veterinary care to the penguin colony at Edinburgh Zoo
  • A donation of £2,000 could enable communities in the Budongo forest in Uganda to live alongside and protect chimpanzees

“Being an RZSS Patron is a wonderful opportunity to be closer to the animals while making a difference to threatened species. I really enjoy connecting with people who care as much as I do. 

Learning from the keepers, vets and conservation team about what is involved in caring for the animals and protecting them in the wild is always very interesting and a great way to see how we’re helping.”

Joan Furmage, RZSS Patron

Northern rockhopper penguin looking directly at camera [eye-contact] IMAGE: Sian Addison 2018

Become a Patron

Patronage starts at £500 a year for individual members and £800 for joint membership. 

To find out more, please call 0131 314 0380 or email

Patrons are subject to RZSS membership terms and conditions.

Join today

With thanks to our RZSS Patrons

Royal Patron

HRH The Princess Royal KG, KT


Jenni Bullivant  

Anne Carruthers

Fiona Davis  

Stephen Field-Lee & John Field-Lee  

John Fitzgerald and Natalie Nickelson 

Gavin and Kate Gemmell

Alun Grassick


Jonathan Gray

Steven McColl  

Robin McHaffie 

Christine and Ken McWilliam

Stuart Richardson & Steven Robertson

Keven Shaw & Sean Stirling

Gillian Waddell

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