ZSL is providing emergency assistance to some of the areas worst-affected by Typhoon Haiyan and last month’s earthquake in the Philippines — areas that have been otherwise overlooked by the international relief effort.

The situation

Two massive natural disasters — a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, followed by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst tropical storms on record — have hit the Philippines over the past three weeks. They have caused widespread devastation across the central part of the country, including coastal communities and conservation projects run by the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and long-term partner Project Seahorse (

These towns and villages in Bantayan (northern Cebu), Panay, and Danajon Bank — about 40 in total — have been overlooked by the national relief and recovery effort, so we have organised an emergency response based on our intimate local knowledge of the areas and strong relationships with the people there.

Early reports from our field staff indicate that over 2,000 households in Danajon Bank alone have been badly affected by the earthquake. Typhoon damage in the Bantayan Island Group in Northern Cebu and in the Ajuy and Capiz regions of Panay are extensive, with 80-100% of homes destroyed. We cannot yet begin to deduce the situation for marine resources and conservation.

See photos of the destruction and news of the relief effort so far at 

How you can help

With advice from international relief agencies, our local field staff have been providing emergency support in the form of relief packs containing food, clean water, basic medicines, hygiene materials and nails/tarpaulins to help repair or rebuild homes. The relief distribution is also providing an opportunity for experts from our team to evaluate the damage both to the communities and to the coastal ecosystems. These are the first steps towards recovery as we help these communities to rebuild their lives and rehabilitate the ecosystems they depend on for survival.

Thank you for your help in supporting our relief and recovery efforts for those poor fishing communities in the Philippines whose lives have been devastated!

Here are just some of the ways that your donations are making a difference:

£4.25/$6.75 provides a relief pack for a household, containing food, water and basic medical and hygiene supplies. 

£80/$127 rents a boat to transport and distribute relief packs to isolated coastal communities. 

£230/$366 provides building materials to repair a house.

Thank you for your help in supporting our relief and recovery efforts for those poor fishing communities in the Philippines whose lives have been devastated

Raising money for

Zoological Society Of London

Zoological Society Of London

Charity Registration No. 208728

The Zoological Society of London (ZSL) is made up of a unique combination of scientific research, worldwide conservation and outstanding educational facilities at ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos. Our mission is to promote and achieve the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

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Donation by Savrina Carrizo on 11/03/14


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Donation by Toby Gardner and Jamila Haider on 09/03/14


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+ £1.25 Gift Aid

On behalf of Dr Amanda Vincent. Merry Xmas, Amanda!

Donation by The Cote-Reynolds Family on 27/12/13


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Donation by Anonymous on 20/12/13


Keep up the good work - these folks deserve our support

Donation by Helene Sellery on 17/12/13


Instead of Christmas presents this year, we are donating to this charity.

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Donation by Anonymous on 10/12/13


Donating on behalf of a family instead of Christmas gifts.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/12/13


I heard Amanda Vincent explain how you were uniquely poised to assist some of the smaller coastal communities that had been hit by the typhoon. Here's the proceeds from our bowling night fundraiser.

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Donation by Anonymous on 08/12/13


+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 04/12/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Thank you for helping these poor people that lost everything of importance

Donation by lies gezang on 03/12/13

Thanks to @AmandaVincent1 & Project Seahorse or raising awareness of your work post-Haiyan. This donation's coming from Canada & is my christmas gift to my UK relatives.

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Donation by Andrew Fox on 30/11/13


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Donation by Sigmatest GmbH on 28/11/13

200,00 €

Donation by Anonymous on 28/11/13


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Donation by Catarina Wor on 27/11/13


We collaborated with Médecins Sans Frontieres as well.

Donation by Rosana Beatriz Silveira on 27/11/13


Well done

Donation by Richard Hardman on 27/11/13


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Thank you very much for initiating this and I wish you all the best with your important work in this very difficult time.

Donation by Tessa Minter on 26/11/13

150,00 €

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£4,889.30
  • Offline donations£1,965.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£6,854.30
  • Gift Aid£586.25

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