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Chessington Conservation Fund

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.

Chessington Conservation Fund



Dambari Wildlife Trust is based in Matobo Hills World Heritage site in Zimbabwe. The organisation takes a holistic approach to conservation activities, encouraging multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder interactions.

Their Conservation Across Boundaries programme is diverse and includes projects to educate local residents to monitor and report the status of their environment.

To assist with the Rhino poaching crisis, CCF purchased a Land Rover and other technical equipment to help the organisation effectively patrol Rhodes Matopos National Park. Jon and Georgie visited Matopos National Park in February 2015 to see their work first hand.


The World Land Trust takes direct action to save rainforest and other wildlife habitats by purchasing land and establishing permanent wildlife reserves. CCF has purchased two areas of land in Ecuador, Cazaderos and Nangaritza, in order to protect them from poaching, illegal logging, mining and poor farming methods. Every year CCF sponsors two rangers to work in these reserves, monitoring and patrolling the areas.

Lisa and Colleen visited the Cazaderos Reserve in 2014 and here is a short video showing what they found.

Surrey Wildlife Trust

The Surrey Wildlife Trust is the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey. CCF currently supports this organisation as a Corporate Gold Member and works closely on projects both run and endorsed by the Trust.

Currently CCF is supporting the Hedgerow Heroes Project, which will restore and protect Surrey’s hedgerows. This will enable animals, such as hedgehogs and dormice, to move and expand their populations.

Surrey Wildlife Trust


We have some exciting projects coming up including:

  • Working with Mankwe Wildlife Reserve in South Africa, to help eliminate Rhino poaching.
  • Partnering with the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, to raise awareness and protect the critically endangered Gentle Lemur species in Madagascar.
  • 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 VIP Experiences include a donation
  • The generosity of our Adventurers!
  • Special events such as Roar and Explore


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

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 www.merlinsmagicwand.org.

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.

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