John Regan Associates is a small company that ‘obsesses’ on the acquisition of external funding for zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and similar organisations in the UK and across Europe, as well as for in situ conservation projects. More about JRA

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Bio Parc projects in Viet Nam and Colombia

Extremely positive and encouraging meeting in Parliament on Wednesday with the new Ambassador for Vietnam re the Bio Parc Vietnam concept.  He immediately proposed an in country workshop which we will now work towards

Very good catch up with the Colombian Embassy this week.  Prospects look increasingly good for Bio Parc Colombia to be established in Quindio province

About John Regan Associates

JRA is a small company that  focuses on securing external funding for zoos, aquariums, botanic gardens and similar organisations in the UK and internationally, as well as for in situ conservation projects. We also act on behalf of HE institutions to establish facilities on public biodiversity sites and otherwise build beneficial relationships.

The Bio Parc concept, in partnership with Cornwall’s Eden Project, dialogues with governments of growth economies around the world on the potential to establish high profile financially sustainable attractions affirming/promoting the bio-science, biodiversity, natural and overall environmental offer of the country in question; projection of the very ‘soul and pride’ of the  given nation on a global scale in the context of biology & environment.

‘New Zoo’ in the UK is about archetype change across the entire UK zoo landscape; making zoo capital projects of greater and wider relevance to the UK society and so be more ‘fundable’ in the first place.

Happy to talk to anyone without commitment about raising funds, concept development (which should really always come first!) and attracting senior champions as trustees, patrons, mentors and door openers.


What Our Clients Say

“John Regan is a most tenacious person in lobbying for external funding of zoo activities that have a bearing on society. He is able to access influencers and champions at the highest levels. With these connections and his wide knowledge base he has been impressively successful in securing funding for capital projects in zoos. John is one of those persons who have been able to convince decision makers, that zoos matter.”

– Hans Van Weerd, general curator Melbourne zoo, zoos Victoria

“In assisting zoos with identifying European and other funding opportunities for their education and conservation projects, John Regan provides a unique service. John is not only very experienced when it comes to the business and funding side of zoological operations, but he is also very capable of finding connections between what we do (or want to do) and the programs and thinking at EU and government levels. It also helps that he is a nice guy to work with.”

– Harry Schram, formerly Executive Director, EAZA (European Association of Zoos and Aquariums)

“John’s work has been quite complete covering the main issues of the work assigned. He has been quite helpful not only during the project, but also afterwards with more details about the issues. He really knows about the business.”

– Roberto Guedes, Director na Zoo Santo Inacio, Portugal

“John provided European Zoos with advice on fundraising and marketing. I found him very helpful and competent and his advice was excellent. He is a great guy to work with.”

– Neil Stronach, Ecological consultant and former Director, Fota Wildlife Park, Ireland

“John is a very amiable person, which almost ‘masks’ his sharp intellect. He grasps your ‘subject’ very quickly and gives feed back fast and fully. He also provides answers and comments whenever you ask, no matter what erratic questions it may be. A great person to have by your side.”

– Hans-Ove Larsson, Skansen Zoo, Stockholm

“Here at the Eden Project we’ve been very fortunate to have known and worked with John over a number of years. John mixes his impressive knowledge of EU and UK funding with an amazing network of contacts to present us with some exciting opportunities. His ability to spot a gap or find the right angle to lever in funding or build new relationships with like minded organisations is incredibly beneficial to us and we hope to continue to work with John for many years to come”.

Dan James, Eden Project Cornwall

“Space for Giants was delighted by JRA’s support for the recent launch of our UK fundraising programme at the House of Lords just prior to Christmas. This event was hugely successful and completely oversubscribed, attended by giants of the political, philanthropic, media, business, academic and conservation world. We have immediately secured several large donations from generous supporters and are in the process of negotiating several further”.

– Dr Max Graham, Director, Space for Giants

“John is a highly accomplished fund raiser with a particular range of experience and skills that make him ideally suited to working with Zoos and Aquariums. He has an excellent track record of raising significant levels of funding for capital projects and I would recommend him highly if this was one of your organisations objectives.”

– Dave Gibson, Managing Director, National Marine Aquarium

“This is to record, briefly, BirdLife’s appreciation of the work that John Regan Associates did with us to raise funds for conservation of Tsitongambarika Forest in Madagascar. JRA staff had strong contact networks, worked effectively on complex logical frameworks and narrative proposals, ensured deadlines were met, responded promptly to correspondence and handled complex multi-institutional partnerships with great professionalism. The project is proceeding as I write thanks to approaches made by JRA to one of the foundations they had themselves identified.

Many thanks for the important role you played. I would not hesitate to recommend JRA to others in a similar position to ourselves”.

Document Downloads

  • LIFE4ZOO – short intro


    We found strong theme in saving drinking water consumption through ZOO gardens and parks all over the Europe especially during their main season, since spring till autumn. These subjects are all dependent on consumption of a huge amount of water and in the same time they discharge the waste water into the sewage systems or into environment after some pre-treatment. Nowadays the cost of water, namely drinking water, is still rising which undermine the application of modern passive cost-effective technologies such as engineered natural wetlands for its treatment and reuse. The ZOO gardens and wildlife parks are specific with different needs of water quality, which is suitable for the feeding, bathing, and splashing of animals and washing of their surrounding environment. From that reason it is crucial the complex knowledge of this environment together with complex solution for the utilisation of different technologies under various conditions (not only instalment of one demonstration technology).


    The project addresses sustainable utilization of different water resources (including drinking water) via Circular Water Management (CWM) in closed, zoo-type, self-sustaining visitor attractions. These are large scale locations with a high degree of decentralization of water consumption and with different demands on its quality while producing wastewater with a different grade of pollution.

    The basic objective is to reduce drinking water consumption by reusing of less polluted (grey) wastewater in a closed cycle. Outputs of water from the treatment of grey water are than stabilized in the local surface water body. Surface, rain and ground water is used to ensure a balance between consumption, evaporation and any losses of water, and to balance a salinity of the circular system.


    The CWM uses also an advanced treatment and reuse of grey water and demonstrates an alternative method of supplying water to visitor attractions, thus enabling its reuse and recovery of resources.

    The example of the zoo will demonstrate the use of water of varying quality (recycled wastewater and treated surface water) for the production of utility water according to its use (irrigation, fountains, showers, rinsing, pools, paddling pools and watering holes) in animal husbandry. This will save on the consumption of drinking water and reduce operating costs of the visitor attractions.

    The secondary objective is the general saving of water consumption impacting also an retention in urban and rural areas in surrounding of visitor attractions which will increase the accumulation of water in the countryside. The applied treatment will use natural processes or near-nature processes, thus contributing to the objectives of the Water Framework Directive and the Floods Directive and drought management in regions with water scarcity.

    The primary objective will be achieved by demonstration of the treatment by a combination of near-nature processes (ground filters and wetland systems) for the preparation of utility water for the animal husbandry enclosures and modern membrane filter systems for the treatment of stabilized surface water to the quality of water for power and social amenities. The application of membrane filters with biostatic modification is the innovative contribution of TUL for mitigation of filters clogging and an increase of their durability. This technology will treat pre-treated grey water, stabilised in surface water body.


    The basic prerequisite is the use of less polluted wastewater after the treatment to the quality corresponding to the specific needs of zoos, i.e. water treatment only to the level strictly necessary for animal husbandry. This so-called Fit4Use concept, already utilised in many industrial sectors will be originally implemented in two types of ZOO.

    Based on the advice of experts from National contact point LIFE and on the review of successful similar projects from the database of LIFE projects we decided to include our project into the programme LIFE. This should help us to demonstrate CWM under specific conditions of visitor attractions, in whole complex areas and not only in their individual parts. In the same time we would not be time or cost dependent and in comparison with national projects programme LIFE does not require concrete type of applicant, i.e. public subject or NGO etc, also it fits to our personnel cost necessary for the project.



  • The ‘Bio Parc’  concept

    What is the core concept?

    The Bio Parc concept envisages endowing the country in question with a new high-profile, financially sustainable visitor site dedicated to affirming and promoting everything that the environment, biology, bio-science, and nature has meant, and will mean to a given nation (and potentially a wider bio-geographic region).


    A bio-parc’s fundamental financial sustainability and appeal to a wide audience will be underpinned by a large paying public’s proven and innate fascination with the living world.  It will also however provide a sturdy platform to explore and promote serious political, social, scientific and economic topics important to a variety of the most senior decision makers within and connected to its host country.


    So the Bio Parc idea provides a very efficient vehicle to highlight the connection between on the one hand the country’s biology and ecology, and on the other its country’s economic and political future.  There can be few more important issues for any society than reconciling environmental imperatives with commercial realities.


    A Bio Parc might look to use cultural and affective means to involve and educate a wide public on conservation and environmental issues . This might for instance embrace visual art, music (contemporary and traditional), dance, literature and large scale social programmes.


    For a large society perhaps divided along ethnic, religious, economic or other lines, the Bio Parc idea can provide a powerful symbol of shared natural heritage emerging from the past and shared economic prospects beckoning from the future.


    Development of the concept/ business plan and ultimate delivery of the project is likely to demand an extremely rich exchange of expertise and skills between the country of choice and the UK, affirming and further developing a growing skein of commercial, cultural and political partnerships, and recognising the future importance of the UK tourist and investor for the economy of the host country.

    The expression ‘bio parc’ is of widely used for sites that are fundamentally just ‘zoos’ ( and none the worse for that).  And occasionally for bio-science commercial industrial parks.   I should make it clear we are using it in a fundamentally different, broader and unique context.


  • How Skansen won its € 4 million Download

  • The sponsor’s perspective: interview with Sir Nick Scheele (former President of Ford Worldwide and Executive Chairman of Jaguar Cars) who negotiated the $3 million deal with John Regan Download Interview

  • Going Global: A review of international development funding by UK trusts and foundations Download going global

  • The top 500 companies in the South of England D59top500

  • This is a transcript of a 2011 debate in the UK parliament on the value of zoos in regional economic development Download

  • Record of parliamentary debate on role of zoos in economic development Download record

  • Eurodisney uk 2012-03-14 twenty year review of economic and social impact Download

  • 10 steps to successful financial sponsorship for conservation organisations, zoos, natural history sites and aquariums Download 10 Steps

  • 10 steps to successful sponsorship for zoos, natural history sites and aquariums in the UK Download 10 Steps PDF

  • BIAZA 2004 Marwell presentation – verbal notes to accompany Powerpoint BIAZA Marwell PDF