By 2030, working in Scotland and across the world, we want to enable more than 100 communities to better protect nature by:

• improving the wellbeing of communities, groups and individuals through access to nature

• enabling communities, groups and individuals to enhance life skills, opportunities and wellbeing through volunteering

• using our zoos as a resource to support local initiatives and strengthen communities, harnessing the unique convening power of nature

Find out more about how we can support your community group below!

Rosa Carter, RHCYP patient, Aged 4 looking at meerkats ECHC

IMAGE: Chris Watt Photography 2023

RZSS Community Programmes inspire and enable people to connect to nature in ways meaningful to them

What we do

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Ranger Kali with Nature Connections members looking at plants

IMAGE: Allie McGregor 2023

Whether you are visiting Edinburgh Zoo or having the zoo come to you, we promise a memorable experience

What we offer

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Ranger Rebecca Parr at ECHC with child opening zoo box

IMAGE: Allie McGregor 2024

RZSS can send a qualified member of our discovery and learning team to your location to do an engaging talk or workshop


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Joan RZSS volunteer in front of penguin pool

Support us

Our willdife conservation charity's volunteers play a huge role in helping us connect people with nature and protect threatened species in Scotland and around the world. Whether you are helping us with visitor engagement, education, or gardens, RZSS volunteers make an impact every day.

If you are looking for an incredibly rewarding opportunity, you have come to the right place!

Become a volunteer

Discovery and Learning

Our Discovery and Learning team work across Edinburgh Zoo, Highland Wildlife Park and out in schools and communities across Scotland. With their support, visitors, school children, community groups and so many others have more opportunities to be closer to nature, discover more about the wild world around them and be inspired to play a part in building a better future for wildlife.

Meet the team
Keeper experiences Monika Gopal in tiger tunnel in RZSS branding IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022