Visiting Jersey Zoo
Jersey Zoo frequently attracts more than 150,000 visitors per annum, known for being popular with locals and tourists alike.
It is home to more than 130 different species of animals, with a total head count in excess of 1,400.
It was established in 1959 by Gerald Durrell, whose original involvement with animals was to capture them for other zoos. It was his love for animals that encouraged him to create Jersey Zoo, so that the future of endangered animals could be secured, rather than leading them to extinction like many zoos at that time.
In 1964, 5 years after he had founded the zoo, Durrell established the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, in the hope of protecting more exotic species from extinction.