We are NEZS

The North of England Zoological Society is the organisation that runs Chester Zoo and our conservation campaign, Act For Wildlife.

That’s a long name, so we usually just say NEZS. It was formed by the zoo’s founder, George Mottershead, in 1934.

You can read more about the zoo here, and about our history here.

Our mission is to be a major force in conserving biodiversity worldwide.


This year our members will elect three new trustees to the Council. Find out more here.

For all matters relating to Trustees please contact:

Marie Brookfield
PA to Director General and Managing Director
01244 650201

The North of England Zoological Society is a company limited by guarantee and registered in England no. 287902.

Our registered charity no. is 306077 and our VAT no. is 595 7286 79.

A copy of our zoo license can be downloaded here.