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                                              NATURE AND HUMANITY IN BALANCE

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) is one of the World's great zoos and is widely considered to be one of the top ten zoos.

Nestled in the heart of downtown Pretoria is a veritable oasis that was established in 1899. On the banks of the Apies river the NZG is home to almost 8 000 animals comprising 668 species. In addition to the Pretoria site, the NZG has two biodiversity conservation centres in Lichtenburg and Mokopane respectively.

As a national research facility functioning under the auspices of the National Research Foundation (NRF), the zoo has set itself the following objectives:

  •  establishing the NZG as a world-class, 21st century zoological garden.
  • growing the NZG as a centre of excellence for Conservation & Biodiversity and Conservation Medicine.
  • making the NZG “A place that’s good for your soul” a top class metropolitan  ecotourism facility, a family attraction of first choice that inspires discovery, appreciation, care, knowledge and respect for nature.
  • establishing the NZG as a place of learning and a source of inspiration to action for science and biodiversity.
  • growing the NZG into an organization that is capable, diverse, responsive, knowledge-led and embedded in core values

Would you like to support the NZG?

The projects that have been identified are in urgent need of your support and range from our adopt a wild child programme to supporting our enrichment activities.