Durrell supporters raise £1 million to ‘love their zoo’

A few days after Jersey Zoo closed its gates in March, the team launched the Love Your Zoo fundraising appeal to help deal with the devastating blow to its finances.

Even after reopening to the public in May, the zoo still faced an uncertain future with the prospect of limited tourists visiting the island over the summer.

In mid-June, Durrell’s CEO made a plea for help to the people of Jersey and the charity’s supporters around the world. The response was phenomenal. The team at Durrell have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support shown by both the island community and supporters across the globe.

Dr Lesley Dickie, Durrell’s Chief Executive, said, “We have been blown away by the amazing kindness of all our supporters both here in Jersey and around the world. Jersey Zoo is a vital part of Durrell’s global conservation work and an iconic part of the island’s heritage. In June, we launched the Love Your Zoo campaign because we really needed help. Now, thanks to our generous donors and loyal members, we have reached our target of £1 million, which means that not only will we endure this crisis, we will thrive into the future and continue doing what we are here for – saving species from extinction. A huge, heartfelt thank you goes to all of our wonderful supporters for believing in Durrell and helping us when we needed it most.”

Reaching their fundraising target means that Jersey Zoo is now in a much stronger position to survive the uncertain times ahead. This global pandemic has demonstrated how delicate the balance of the natural world is and how vital Durrell’s work protecting wildlife and ecosystems is to our very existence.

Everyone at Durrell wishes to express their gratitude for the incredible kindness and generosity shown by islanders and supporters around the world.

Watch as the people and animals of Jersey Zoo express their thanks in this short film.

Photos: BAM Perspectives (aerial image of Jersey Zoo), Nina Powell (howler monkey, Andean bear & ploughshare tortoise)