Our team: Zoological Society of London

James Wren, the development director at the international conservation charity, takes us behind the scenes of the fundraising team

James Wren
James Wren

- How large is your team?

We have 10 fundraisers plus a membership team, but fundraising is important to every staff member.

- What does the team do?

We fundraise in various ways, from engaging with trusts, corporates and major donors to running exciting events. Last year, these included a gala dinner at London Zoo, hosted by Usain Bolt, in aid of our cheetah and wild dog programme in Africa.

- How much do you raise?

We raise more than £45m a year to support our scientific and conservation work: 55 per cent is from individuals, 17 per cent from grants and donations; the remaining 28 per cent is from trading and investments.

- What's in the pipeline?

We have an expanding programme of global projects and we are continuing to transform our zoos with ground-breaking exhibits, so we are always looking at new ways to engage with supporters. This year we'll be holding an Over the Edge abseil, raising money to help one-of-a-kind species that are on the edge of extinction, and our comedy event, Roar with Laughter, will return in the autumn.

- What's it like in the office?

From visiting our fieldwork in Kenya, where we help to protect and save many species, to seeing thousands of school children learning about conservation at our zoos, no two days are ever the same.

The Zoological Society of London runs London and Whipsnade zoos and projects to protect animals and their habitats around the world

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