Citizen Zoo is an organisation on a mission to Rewild Our Future.
Today, most people are aware of the ecological and climate crises that we face. The United Nations has declared that we must rewild and restore an area equivalent to the size of China to meet targets set to protect the natural world and climate. At Citizen Zoo, we want to harness the power of rewilding to reverse these trends.
Based in London, we run and coordinate pioneering conservation projects that restore ecosystems, reintroduce lost species and bring people into the outdoors to experience wildlife all through rewilding.
We have achieved a great deal since we were founded. To date, we have released over 3000 large marsh grasshoppers back into their former geographical range in Norfolk. We are also on track to reintroduce water voles onto a small chalk stream in southwest London, where they have been extinct since 2017.
Unique to both these projects is our emphasis on community engagement and ownership. Our 'Citizen Keepers' have home-reared grasshoppers for reintroduction and over 100 volunteers have taken part in habitat surveys, fundraising and habitat restoration for our water vole project.
As a sign of our growing influence and in the rewilding sector, we have been accepted to attend the COP26 in Glasgow later this year as an official observer organisation approved by the UNFCCC. We will be going to raise awareness about nature-based solutions to mitigate the impacts of climate change such as natural regeneration and rewilding.
To fund our trip, we are looking to raise £3,500 to cover the costs for four members of staff to attend the conference. This opportunity will help us to push forward the rewilding agenda at the COP, as a way to combat the climate and ecological crisis.