The Basel Zoo Association of Friends was founded in 1919. It now numbers around 2300 members, who call themselves ‘Friends of Basel Zoo’.
The association aims to promote public and official interest in Basel Zoo and thus to embed the concept of worldwide nature conservation in the minds of as wide an audience as possible.
The association of friends supports Basel Zoo with annual donations and contributions, as well as through publicity and voluntary work.
The association works in close collaboration with the Basel Zoo management and governing body to ensure that resources are being expended in the right place.
Since it was founded in 1919, eight presidents have presided over the Basel Zoo association of friends:
|1919-1921||Samuel Plüss, Basel Zoo shareholder|
|1921-1925||August Eisinger, Basel Zoo shareholder|
|1925-1941||Georges Fürstenberger, member of the Basel Zoo governing body|
|1941-1942||Prof. Dr. Rudolf Geigy, zoologist and founder of the Swiss Tropical Institute|
|1942-1973||Prof. Dr. Adolf Portmann, zoologist and philosopher|
|1975-1992||Dr. iur. Hans Peter Tschudi, former Swiss federal councillor|
|1992-2004||Prof. Dr. Thierry A. Freyvogel, former director of the Swiss Tropical Institute|
|from 2004||Dr. theol. hc. Peter Schmid, former member of Basel-County cantonal government|