Colchester Zoo aims to provide financial assistance and technical advice to overseas in situ projects in order to support the conservation of endangered species and their habitats.

Action for the Wild aims to provide habitat and survival aids for native species and support of nature projects nationally. In co-operation with other bodies, it aims to establish protected areas, implement habitat management and be involved in breeding and translocation of threatened flora and fauna.

Action for the Wild aims to raise awareness and respect for nature through formal and informal education programmes. It also aims to encourage and support scientific and quantitative research from which conservation and animal welfare benefits can accrue.


A conservation project needs to follow all or some of the following criteria in order to receive funding:

  • The project needs to address a globally-recognised conservation priority
  • The project should focus on threatened species and benefit wild populations of this species
  • The project should increase habitat protection / management
  • Projects will be favoured that are collaborative in nature, with partnerships involving different organisations, the government, local communities and specialist groups
  • Overseas projects need to have approval from the host government and appropriate authorities
  • The project needs to have long term goals. It needs to be part of an established conservation programme or well-suited to becoming a long term programme
  • The project needs to be realistic; with sound scientific methodology and be logistically feasible with a high probability of success
  • The project should be based on sound scientific and management principles and clearly deliver a conservation goal i.e. a research report, education materials, a demonstrated contribution to a critical conservation need etc
  • The project should have existing funding arrangements and not duplicate or conflict with other ongoing conservation efforts

All applications for conservation project funding will be assessed on their own merit, taking into consideration the principle species or habitat involved and the in situ work that is to be carried out. As Colchester Zoo evolves, Action for the Wild intends to assess in situ conservation projects and provide funding to projects, with respect to the Zoo's major exhibits and species that Colchester Zoo has in its collection. Please check the zoo website for the species Colchester Zoo holds in its collection before applying.

Action for the Wild does not support individual trips or student projects. We only support conservation projects and campaigns, please check this website for a full list of  projects we currently support.

How to Apply

For information on how to apply for funding please click on the pdf link. All forms have names, addresses and numbers of who to contact if you have any further questions.

The PDF Link

Further Information