All the old favorites are here: Asiatic lions, South American monkeys, zebras, funky little marmosets and tamarins. This zoo ... More
All the old favorites are here: Asiatic lions, South American monkeys, zebras, funky little marmosets and tamarins. This zoo is a sure-fire hit for children and adults alike. The jewel in Edinburgh Zoo's crown has to be the penguins, who make a regular parade outside their enclosure at 2p from March through October (when weather permits). They can also be viewed swimming underwater in the world's biggest penguin pool. Visitors can arrange to handle the smaller animals (such as snails, rats and snakes) or to take a safari ride in an open-sided trailer. Take the opportunity to meet some of the keepers and learn about the more exotic and endangered inhabitants here. There's a great little gift shop with lots of affordable goodies, and a handy coffee shop/restaurant.
One of the times i visited was when poor Mercedes the polar bear was still here and that poor old soul was one of the most miserable looking bored creatures I have ever seen.
They are particuarly bad for breeding animals to work as a vistor draw and then culling them. google red river pigs edinburgh to find out more on that one.
Only this year it is working on getting the giant pandas in to be a real money spinner yet at the same time it has been threatened with the removal of its operating licence after inspectors found it had failed to address a series of animal welfare and safety failings that date back at least five years.
At the same time it is spending a fortune on pandas: the big cat enclosure is in a terrible state of disrepair; the sea lion enclosure has several animals were suffering from eye infections; and the main food store was infested withvermin.
In additon to that just what you need when bringing in the worlds rarest bears with tricky needs - problems with the zoo's veterinary hospital.
All of the above inspection findings are fully verifiable via freedom of information documents and other publications.
Excellent for a whole day out.My 11 year old loves it and insists on going to all the talks and animal handling sessions which are so well run and fun. We try to go 2-3 times a year and can't wait for the new chimp area to open.
My husband and I visited the zoo in March 2006. We loved it. It is much bigger than it seems from the road, so don't be fooled. There is a great variety of animals and the exhibits are beautiful. The penguin exhibit is amazing; definitely a must see. The setting is absolutely beautiful. There are several indoor exhibits if it starts to rain. The gift shop is very nice as well. The zoo is a great way to spend a nice afternoon in Edinburgh.
I would definitely recommend visiting this zoo. It is one of the best we have seen.
Our group comprised of: two 37 year old adults, a thirteen year old, a nine year old and five year old twins. We were on holiday in Eyemouth. It is not very well sigh posted and it seemed really strange, driving through Edinburgh to find a zoo, we did think we'd gone the wrong way! Our trip around the zoo was brilliant, it is a (big) bit of a hike going up the hill, one of our party needs to use a wheelchair, it was a begger to push, fortunately she is only five and there were two adults to take it in turns to push! The children (and adults) were all enthraled with the animals. In all a fantastic day out.
the zoo was brilliant and all the staff were very friendly but the one thing that i am going to complain about is the way it is sign posted i came all the way from berwick and all the way to the zoo i seen 2 sign posts telling you where it was. i asked many people for directions, and after 2 hours i finally found the zoo. i am not happy, i suggest that you get some more sign posts up telling people where the zoo is.
Surprising size - much bigger than it appears from the road. Love the fact they participate in conservation and only keep animals which they can look after properly. Staff are very friendly, helpful and informative. Already planning the next visit and considering membership!!
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