The Friends of Blijdorp have been supporting our zoo since 1963 both financially and via good will activities. In the past we have helped realise modern exhibits for Polar Bears, Tigers, Elephants, Gorilla’s and Amour leopards as well as the walk-through aviary for birds of prey ‘Gierenrots’ and ‘Amazonica’ our butterfly paradise. We have gifted the Okapi exhibit and gave the elephants a comfortable sand floor for their indoor enclosure. In 2019 we opened a Nature Conservation Centre in the ‘Oceanium’.
The Friends of Blijdorp also contribute to Blijdorp’s nature conservation projects in the wild. In recent years these have included studies of Homerus swallowtail, Vultures, Turtles, Red Pandas and Okapi’s.
Over the years the Friends have gifted many millions to help make Blijdorp a more beautiful zoo, giving more than 50 exhibits as well as contributing to these animal conservation projects.
An overview of our donations and projects can be found here.