Charity information


Durrell is an international charity with a mission to save species from extinction. We work with some of the most threatened species in the most threatened places.

Author and conservationist, Gerald Durrell, was a visionary, a pioneer and a man with a mission. He believed that good zoos could do great things in conservation, and more than 50 years ago he set out to prove it.
Gerald founded Jersey Zoo in 1959. In 1963, it became a charitable trust.

Founded 2007

  • Mission statement

    While some might think halting the terrifying rate of extinction of animal species is a lost cause, Durrell, as a charitable organisation, has made it our mission to protect endangered animals across the planet and has been doing so successfully for 50 years. We focus our activities in areas of the world with high numbers of unique species. These are often the 'little guys' - the inconspicuous creatures that are just as crucial to the ecology of the planet as
    the more appealing ones. We speak up for the animals that other people forget. Our programmes link the skills of our staff working with our animal collections in Jersey to our field projects around the world.

    We work with endangered species in the wild; in protected environments overseas and at its international HQ at the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust in Jersey using hands-on conservation expertise to help them recover and survive in the long-term. The third pillar of our work is the Durrell Conservation Academy through which we provide professional training in endangered species management and recovery to increase the capacity for this work in the home range countries of the endangered species.

  • Aims


    • To recover species in the wild by utilizing sound science to understand the pressures they face and undertaking appropriate and timely intervention at an ecological, social and political levels.
    • To develop and manage safety net populations of endangered species ex situ to provide a stop gap while measures can be put in place to restore populations in the wild where possible.
    • To increase our understanding of species requirements and constantly improve animal husbandry so that we can utilize this information to manage populations of endangered species both in the wild and
    • Through professional training to increase the worlds capacity to recover and manage endangered species.
    • Through public education to increase the understanding of our dependence on functioning ecological systems and the relationship between the the fate of endangered species and that of the human race.
  • Overview

    Established: December 2007

    Registered Charity Number: 1121989

    Board members: 5

    Phone number: 01534 860060

    Address: Les Augres ManorLa Profonde RueTrinityJersey JE3 5BP

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  • Field programmes

    50 projects in 14 countries with a focus on island ecosystems. One third of our total sta... More
  • Saving Species from Extinction

    With our international headquarters in Jersey, Durrell has built up a worldwide reputation... More