Chessington Conservation Fund - Protecting Nature's Future

We love animals at Chessington World of Adventures Resort and, in 2011, we’re proud to have launched the Chessington Conservation Fund (CCF).

CCF was set up to raise money to help protect the future of nature and wildlife through conservation work and education at Chessington Zoo in Surrey, in the local community and worldwide.

The Zoo is already involved with many national and international breeding programmes for rare and endangered species with BIAZA and EAZA. We’re taking this further by partnering with a number of charities and organisations involved in the conservation of endangered species and the protection of their natural habitats.

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Chessington Conservation Fund


In response to the growing Rhino poaching crisis, CCF recently partnered with Dambari Wildlife Trust in Zimbabwe to support their Rhino monitoring, conservation and protection efforts through the purchase of a Land Rover to help the organisation effectively navigate Matopos National Park.

In addition, CCF purchased a range of equipment to assist Park Rangers including Binoculars, Cameras and Rhino identification cards. Jon and Georgie visited Matopos National Park in February 2015 to see their work first hand and meet some of the Rangers and search for some White Rhino.

Dambari Wildlife Trust


The World Land Trust takes direct action to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats by purchasing land and establishing permanent wildlife reserves. In 2014 Chessington aided in the purchase of 128 acres of land in the Cazaderos Reserve, Ecuador and have paid for a ranger to protect this land.

Not only has this provided an income for the ranger, safeguarded the wildlife but it has also given the local community a vested interest in its survival. Lisa and Colleen visited the Cazaderos Reserve in 2014 and here is a short video showing what they found.

World Land Trust

Ape Action Africa

Ape Action Africa works on the front-line of great ape protection. Their goals are to address the immediate threats faced by gorillas and chimps in Africa, and to work with communities to develop long-term solutions to ensure their survival in the wild. CCF bought an X – Ray machine for Ape Action Africa to assist them in their efforts to rehabilitate orphaned gorillas.

Ape Action Africa

Surrey Wildlife Trust

The Surrey Wildlife Trust is the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey. Chessington World of Adventures Resort currently supports this organisation with a Bronze Membership and will continue to work closely on projects both run and endorsed by the Trust.

Surrey Wildlife Trust

Surrey Wildlife Trust


We have some exciting projects coming up including:

  • The purchase of 137 acres of land in the Amazonian Forest, Maycú Nangaritza Reserve in Ecuador with World Land Trust
  • Supporting Education projects with Dambari Wildlife Trust to educate local schoolchildren about conservation, and help monitor biodiversity in the World Heritage Site in Matopos National Park.

How do we raise money for CCF?

  • 10% of car parking fees go directly to CCF
  • Animal Xtra Adventures include a donation
  • CCF wristbands available in our SEA LIFE shop
  • The generosity of our Adventurers!


Chessington World of Adventures receives numerous requests for support from many worthwhile causes and unfortunately we are unable to help everybody.

We are delighted to support Merlin Entertainments’ special charity – Merlin’s Magic Wand – to provide magical experiences to many children who are seriously ill, disabled or disadvantaged.

Because of the good work we already do we can only offer support to a small number of requests within the immediate locality of the park. If you are not in our neighbourhood we are unable to support you.

Charity Requests

All local charity requests should be on headed paper and sent to the following address:

Charity Requests
Chessington World of Adventures
Leatherhead Road

Due to the volume of requests we receive every day, we cannot respond to them all. If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks, then we regret to inform you that your request has been unsuccessful.

Merlin's Magic Wand

Merlin's Magic Wand Logo

Merlin’s Magic Wand is the charity of the world’s second biggest global visitor attractions group, Merlin Entertainments. Formed in 2008, Merlin’s Magic Wand looks to deliver magical experiences to disadvantaged children across the world – and since we began more than 110,000 children and their families have already benefited.

Many children, through serious illness, disability or other disadvantage, are not able to enjoy the kind of days out that others take for granted. By providing tickets and financial support in the form of travel grants, Merlin’s Magic Wand aims to ensure that these children can enjoy a magical day with their friends and family at Merlin Entertainment Group’s attractions across the world. More than that, where children are too sick to visit us we are also developing a number fun play projects in hospices and hospitals close to our attractions.

To find out more information about Merlin's Magic Wand, the eligibility criteria, and how you can apply, please visit

Review from Kirsty Rose:

Thank you for our trip to Chessington World of Adventures Resort. Our son and we had a marvellous time. The Zoo section is amazing as is the SEA LIFE centre. The rides are brilliant and we all had a great time despite the rain. Our son is now 18 and has very fond memories of the trip. It increased his confidence no end. Your charity does a wonderful job. Thank you once again for making a memory making, family day out possible. All the staff at the park are extremely helpful and the park spotless.

Please note: Merlin’s Magic Wand has been set up to work directly with children, families and organisations that will benefit from a day out. Unfortunately we are unable to provide tickets to other charities to assist them with their fundraising through raffles and auctions.



Did you know there are 1.5 million people with a learning disability in the UK and they are among the most disadvantaged people in today’s society?

That’s why Mencap is here and we at Chessington are delighted to support the Mencap team who work tirelessly, with their members to be the voice of learning disability by changing laws and services, challenge prejudice and directly support thousands of people to live their lives as they choose.

You can help too, find out more here.

Alternatively text WAND25 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070 e.g. text WAND25 £5 to 70070 or donate online.


Chessington World of Adventures offers a Schools Partnership Scheme which gives PTA's at local schools the opportunity to fundraise by working directly with us to promote Chessington.

  • We send you special offer flyers to distribute to your pupils. Each flyer offers families the opportunity to visit Chessington at a discounted price.
  • When the voucher is used the parent completes the school details – every voucher submitted is then put in to a monthly draw to WIN £150 for the school’s PTA. There is also a runner-up prize of 4 tickets that can be used at school fairs.
  • Flyers are sent to selected schools within a 60-minute drive of Chessington.

If you would like more information on the scheme please email the following address and we can discuss how we can work together in the future:

We would like to take this opportunity to wish you luck with all your fundraising events.

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