Project information

Save our Zoo

We have no option but to leave our current site where we have been for over 20 years due to a new 5* hotel. Rather than closing and possibly having to put down the animals we are raising money to build a new zoo of which we have planning permission for.

November 2011 - July 2012

Charity information: Environment Concern Organisation

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  • Need


    Due to a new 5* hotel being built we have been told we need to relocate after being there over 20 years. The council and everyone is supportive and we have a new site, we now need the money to build the new zoo and rain forest. Therefore we are looking to raise £2,000,000


    The new zoo and rain forest will be bigger and better, we have partners in Kew to help us with the rain forest, and we will be able to house more animals - saving their lives. The improved facilities will also mean we can accommodate more schools and educate further in our own unique interactive way.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Not to have to close the zoo and rain forest - but relocate. Therefore saving lives


    » Raise £2,00,000 to build the new premises, of which planning permission has already been granted.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... to raise £2,000,000 to build the new premises

    Aim 2

    Create a new facility which will save more animals and plants


    » The new premises will be bigger, allowing us to take more distressed animals, and more plants that otherwise may be killed.

    What success will look like

    Success will be... transferring our beloved animals, fish, reptiles, birds and plants with minimal loss.

    Aim 3

    Educate more adults and children, we have interactive sessions for both visitors and schools


    » The new facility will be bigger and we can have more schools, more visitors and educate more effectively

    What success will look like

    Success will be... visitors having a better understanding of animals and the rain forest, conservation and have a fun enjoyable time

    Aim 4

    Create an environment that is unique, fun and enjoyable for all


    » There are opportunities to interact with the animals. With Kew helping with the rain forest we will make an exceptional design and utilise space well

    What success will look like

    Success will be... a range of visitors from all walks of like, making it accessible for all and to learn in a fun way. A place they want to come back again and again.

  • Impact


    We will increase the number of visitors to our zoo, bringing in more money to the local area. House more animals, plant more plants. Help educate about animals and conservation so people think twice and are more informed. Create new jobs - as the zoo expands we want to retain the intimate friendly and helpful feel when anyone visits our zoo.


    We have paid for the architect drawings and planning permission has been approved. Everyone who is helping to get the new zoo relocated is doing so for free. We have an experienced team to manage the whole process, ranging from financiers, to quantity surveyors to construction specialists. The other main risk is moving the animals, if we only have to move them once their success rate of survival is higher.


    Through our website we will be providing regular weekly updates with photographs. We are also happy to issue a newsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,000,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,250,000 construction Building the premises and infrastructure
      £500,000 internal fittings cages, tanks, classrooms, cafe etc.
      £100,000 moving costs transporting the animals and fish etc
      £150,000 green energy Energy solutions
  • Background


    Hounslow Urban Farm is one of London's largest community farms, based off Faggs Road, Feltham, Middlesex, TW14 0LZ. We are aiming to add to this by building our zoo and rain forest. The land covers 29 acres it is an important educational resource and leisure facility for all the family.


    The local community will benefit strongly from this as it is an attraction and we will be able to utilise the land more efficiently. It will bring more money in to the local community from visitors. In terms of conservation this will be beneficial, as we will be preserving indigenous animals as well as tropical ones and respective plant life.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have successfully run a zoo for over 20 years, and have the experience, desire and passion to continue this. Saving animals and plants, increasing awareness through education are all objectives. We have the local authority and council support, planning permission, and a great team. Therefore we believe we are very well placed to carry out this project now and in to the future. We have over 60,000 visitors a year and over 14,000 school children. We believe these will move with us.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tony Purdy

    Tony is the founder of the Tropical Zoo and very hands on. Tony is renowned for his expertise and love of conservation, animals and plants.

    Alice Purdy

    Alice is co-founder and is very passionate about the animals, and has a wealth of experience.

    James Pennington

    James is helping to increase the profile and raise money for the Zoo.

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