Why has this fund been created?

Our aim is to make Jersey Zoo accessible for people of all needs and abilities, and promote equal opportunities to enable those who will benefit most to enjoy the wellbeing and environmental benefits of connecting to nature.

As a charity ourselves, it is important that we continue to provide access to the zoo in a financially sustainable way. Therefore, we have secured funding to provide charitable organisations with an application process to gain funded entry to Jersey Zoo or annual Durrell memberships for the individuals they support.

How is it funded?

The Access to Nature scheme is funded by an award from the Association of Jersey Charities. The application for funding this new initiative was made by Durrell. The total value of the fund is £20,000, with the equivalent value of tickets and memberships distributed twice a year.

How do I apply?

Registered Charities supporting individuals who would benefit from funded entry to the zoo may apply using the application form HERE.

Before starting, please review the form and ensure you have all the necessary information to complete it.

What can I apply for?

There are two options to apply for, either tickets or memberships. Please read further information below and consider what will benefit the people you support best.

Jersey Zoo Tickets:

You will be allocated a number of passes for single entry to the zoo to distribute to unnamed beneficiaries. Tickets will be sent direct to the charity.

Durrell Membership:

This is for people who you feel will visit on many occasions, however you will have to register the name of the individual receiving the membership and it is not transferable. Durrell membership includes unlimited visits to the zoo and the bi-annual Wild Life magazine. The membership card and correspondence will be sent directly to the individual unless an alternative is specifically requested.

Who is eligible for funded tickets or memberships?

Anyone you support who has a barrier to accessing the zoo, which could be financial or practical. This includes anyone who will benefit from access to nature but may be reluctant to visit or has never visited the zoo before. To meet our grant criteria, we must ensure that those who would benefit the most or those that face significant financial barriers to accessing the zoo will receive the allocation.

A charity will need to nominate the person to access but they can visit independently or with an organisation that is supporting the individual.

How will you decide who gets an allocation of tickets?

The application form asks what the barriers to access are for the people you support and how they will really benefit from a visit. You will need to demonstrate that you have a process for allocating the tickets to those most in need.

How many tickets or memberships can we apply for?

There is a limited amount of funding available, so we ask that you are realistic in the number of tickets and memberships you apply for. If you are applying for a ticket for someone who qualifies as disabled, then their essential carer can access the zoo for free. Please check Jersey Zoo’s Accessibility and Disability policy.

If someone you nominate needs a person from your charity, a relative, or friend to support a visit, i.e., for a child, then you will need to request enough tickets to include entry for these people.

If you are nominating someone who may be supported by a number of charities, then it would be worth communicating and agreeing which charity will make the application on behalf of the individual.

Does membership include guest entry?

Durrell no longer provides member and guest entry. Every new membership is for an individual at the value of a concession. If the person requires an essential carer than we can issue a Carer Card alongside the individual membership.

Our Access to Nature memberships are valid for one year from their date of issue. After the membership has expired, you can re-apply to the fund or purchase a membership online, over the phone, or directly at Jersey Zoo’s Visitor Centre.

Our memberships are non-transferable and can only be used by the named member by providing valid photo ID or letter/email. Tickets can be used by any unnamed individual (adult/child).

Will I need to report and be accountable for the tickets and membership received? 

To meet our funding requirements, measure our impact, and enhance the scheme, we will be providing all charities that receive an allocation from this fund with a questionnaire that must be completed. We welcome feedback and aim to develop ongoing communication and contact with local charities and individuals that receive the benefit of membership or entry tickets.

By supporting this reporting, you will be contributing to Durrell’s Rewild Our World strategy to better connect 1 million people to nature by 2025.

When will I find out if our application has been successful?

The reviewing process will take 14 days from the closing date, and we will get back in touch with you as soon as possible.