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Here you can find out about the history of RZSS, our mission and the work we do at Edinburgh Zoo, the Highland Wildlife Park and our conservation projects in Scotland and around the world. You can also read our latest press releases.
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04/02/2016 in RZSS
Conservation charity, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), has been awarded an additional £25,000 from players of People’s Postcode Lottery. The surprise funding will support the development of an enclosure for two red pandas that are confirmed to arrive at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo later this year.
03/02/2016 in RZSS
Conservation charity the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), which owns and manages RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, brought giant panda outreach education to schools in East Ayrshire this week with the RZSS China Mobile Library.
28/01/2016 in RZSS
This week saw the 10,000th primary school child in Scotland take part in interactive wildlife conservation lessons aimed at educating the next generation on Scotland’s endangered species and how to protect them.
19/01/2016 in Edinburgh Zoo
Join the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Explorer in Residence, Andrew Bagnall, on the evening of 27 January, as he delivers a talk about his exciting adventures in the pursuit of the rare long-nosed bandicoot.
14/01/2016 in RZSS
The ring-tailed lemurs at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo were out in force to celebrate an additional £200,000 funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery.
30/12/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
A new endangered pygmy hippo has joined the collection at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. The new arrival, named Gloria, will join resident male Otto with the hope that the two will breed to help bolster populations of this increasingly threatened species.
29/12/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
An RZSS Edinburgh Zoo carpenter has beaten entrants from across Scotland to win the Adult Apprentice of the Year award 2015.
21/12/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
The troop of squirrel monkeys at Living Links, a top field station and research centre at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, are getting ready for Christmas with their very own, specially decorated Christmas trees.
18/12/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
The Amur tigers will get an early Christmas treat from their keepers at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park on Friday 18 December 2015.
15/12/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
The family of meerkats at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo will celebrate Christmas early this year when they get a visit from Santa’s sleigh.
11/12/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Keepers at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, near Aviemore in Scotland, will celebrate not one, not two, but THREE polar bear birthdays this Christmas with a grand joint birthday celebration on Friday 11 December.
03/12/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
Installed on the lawn in front of the historic Mansion House, this one-off exhibition by notable German artist Ottmar Hörl features 120 penguin statues and is the first time the artist has displayed his work in the UK.
02/12/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is committed to the conservation of endangered species and as part of the Society’s role in an overarching European Endangered Species Programme (EEP), Samir – a greater one horned rhinoceros – left the collection at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo on 26 November for a zoo in Turkey.
29/11/2015 in RZSS
Scottish Wildcat facts and fiction
20/11/2015 in RZSS
We’ve had a busy October, welcoming aboard pupils from schools in the Lothians, Fife, Glasgow and Angus to learn about our amazing Scottish Wildlife.
17/11/2015 in Conservation
After a frustrating update from the Pantanal in my last blog, I promised some great news regarding the Cerrado expansion. I am really pleased to say that things are going very well and progressing as planned.
11/11/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is bringing movie magic to the attraction by hosting a season of family-friendly film screenings throughout the months of November and December.
11/11/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
The adorable trio of lynx cubs born at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park on 25 May have practically trebled in size, growing into three beautiful and mischievous young cats.
10/11/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Taking your dog to the vet or putting your horse in a trailer usually involves leashes, halters and a few calm but firm words. Trying to carry out similarly routine procedures with zoo animals is seldom so straightforward and at best involves a very different process.
06/11/2015 in Conservation
As the winter draws nearer in the Highlands of Scotland and the warm summer mornings are replaced with a frosty chill, we enter a key part of the year for Scottish Wildcat Action. Not only will monitoring and trapping efforts become more intensive, but come January and February the breeding season for wildcats will be upon us. This of course plays a big part in the conservation breeding programme.
06/11/2015 in Conservation
The conservation situation for antelope in the Maghreb and Sahelo-Saharan region “North Africa” is extremely serious and RZSS WildGenes has had a long-term involvement in contributing basic science and genetic management recommendation for a number of these species to try and improve their conservation prospects in the wild and captivity.
03/11/2015 in Conservation
29/10/2015 in Conservation
It has been a little over two months since my last update and, as usual, we have lots of news to share from the Pantanal.
28/10/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park welcomed a pair of endangered snow leopards to the Park in July and they have recently entered into their new custom built enclosure for the first time.
23/10/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is wishing koala Goonaroo a very happy birthday ahead of his special day on Saturday 24 October.
22/10/2015 in RZSS
Find out more about the Tribal Elders Lecture Series.
20/10/2015 in RZSS
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo hosted a special evening, on Monday 19 October, highlighting the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) cat conservation projects around the world with special guest and cat conservation supporter, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull.
19/10/2015 in RZSS
Update on Chris West’s trip to the Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS), an update from the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project and the conservation team at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
18/10/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
Dinosaurs Return! at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo has been visited by nearly 500,000 people since it opened in April. The exhibit, which is now in its final few weeks before closing on 1 November, is home to 14 animatronic dinosaurs which dominate the landscape at the top of RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
16/10/2015 in RZSS
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is pleased to announce that HRH The Princess Royal, the Society’s Royal Patron, delivered a talk as part of the Tribal Elders: Words of Wisdom series at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo on the evening of Thursday 15 October.
15/10/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
On Thursday 15 October Cindy, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo’s oldest chimpanzee, will be celebrating her 50th birthday at the Budongo Trail. The event comes just a few weeks after RZSS celebrated the 10th anniversary of its involvement in the Budongo Conservation Field Station (BCFS) in Uganda.
12/10/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
An update from the RZSS Cat Conservation Project Officer on our recent projects
06/10/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park regularly gets approached by companies and other groups to assist with a project that would also translate into a team building exercise.
04/10/2015 in RZSS
Sunday 4 October is World Animal Day and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) will celebrate the occasion by hosting a Twitter takeover.
04/10/2015 in Conservation
In terms of European giant panda zoos, RZSS is pretty unique. We have three agreements with our Chinese colleagues. One is the ten year loan of Yang Guang; one the ten year loan of Tian Tian; and the other is a research agreement.
03/10/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
On Saturday 3 October RZSS Edinburgh Zoo will host a group of Instagrammers as part of the 13th World Wide InstaMeet weekend.
02/10/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
Sayang the Malayan tapir will be celebrating her 12th birthday at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo on 4 October. To mark the occasion, keepers have gifted her some delightful edible treats and extra browse ahead of her birthday on Sunday.
01/10/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo’s insect-tacular exhibition is back and this time it’s prehistoric! The Creepy Crawlies exhibition will run daily from 10am-4pm throughout the October school holidays and is free with Zoo admission.
24/09/2015 in Conservation
Over the last year we’ve been involved with project on Arabian sand gazelle with the Office for Conservation of the Environment (OCE) in Oman.
18/09/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park will celebrate Wolf Awareness Weekend by exploring this magnificent species through educational lectures on Monday 21 September.
09/09/2015 in Conservation
The Himalayan Wolf Project aims to provide a scientific basis for national and international conservation of the Himalayan wolf, is led by Geraldine Werhahn who is a researcher with the University of Oxford’s WildCru. RZSS Wildgenes is partnering with the project by providing design of genetic protocols and training to the Center for Molecular Dynamics Nepal, a laboratory in the capital Kathmandu.
09/09/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park has recently welcomed two eastern kiang foals to the herd.
08/09/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo
RZSS Edinburgh Zoo has recently become home to two rather unusual looking creatures – the critically endangered axolotl.
07/09/2015 in RZSS
Update on Chris West’s trip to Norden's Ark in Sweden, an update from the RZSS Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) Conservation Programme and the Giant Armadillo Conservation Project and the launch of the RZSS Residency Programme.
04/09/2015 in Conservation
One of the main reasons I established these Pallas’s cat support projects was to improve our knowledge of the species in countries where their presence and distribution is unknown or unclear
29/08/2015 in RZSS
Update on Tian Tian’s pregnancy status, Chris West’s trip to Nordens Ark in Sweden, and the passing of RZSS Blacksmith John Ramsey
28/08/2015 in Conservation
Many of my recent updates have focused solely on the work we are doing with the giant armadillos but there are several other aspects and updates from the project, which I thought I would take the opportunity to share, including our expansion into the Cerrado.
24/08/2015 in RZSS
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) welcomes the report from the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) detailing the top ten birds most reliant on zoos and aquariums for their survival.
24/08/2015 in RZSS
Update on the new Conservation Action Team programme and the WildGenes laboratory, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo’s Bee Festival and Dinosaurs Return! Rickshaw competition .
24/08/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Pouncing, tumbling and climbing trees, a trio of northern lynx cubs can now be spotted playing in their outdoor enclosure at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.
20/08/2015 in Conservation
All the latest news from the RZSS Giant armadillo project from the June and July expeditions
14/08/2015 in Conservation
High up in the snow covered mountains of the Himalayas, in the Manang region of Nepal close to the Tibetan border, is the first of our four Pallas’s cat support projects.
07/08/2015 in RZSS
Update on the WildGenes laboratory, RZSS Edinburgh Zoo’s Science Summer School, Membership Numbers and the Highland Wildlife Park Amur Leopard Enclosure Build.
06/08/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Military personnel from the 71 Engineer Regiment, working alongside a contingent from the South Dakota National Guard, have spent the last 10 days at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park helping with a number of hefty tasks at the Park, including two key projects that have a strong conservation application.
04/08/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Keepers at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park are celebrating the exceptional birth of an extremely difficult species to breed and rear in captivity.
03/08/2015 in RZSS
An incredibly rare dove that has been extinct in the wild since the early 1970’s has hatched at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo.
02/08/2015 in RZSS
Update on Snow Lepoards Arrival, Scottish wildcat kittens, Pallas cat conservation and the birth of a rare Socorro dove at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo
25/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
The Leopard of the Mountains - the latest blog by Head of Living Collections, Douglas Richardson
24/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Today, Friday 24 July, two endangered snow leopards went on show at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park. The only place in Scotland where the stunning species can be seen, the hope is that the pair will eventually have cubs and help to increase the worldwide population of these big cats.
22/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is pleased to welcome three young Scottish wildcat kittens to the Park.
17/07/2015 in RZSS
Experts from the UK's first licensed trial reintroduction of beavers - the Scottish Beaver Trial - have released footage of a new beaver kit at Lochan Buic in the Knapdale Forest of Argyll.
17/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Keepers are excited to announce the arrival of fourteen red deer calves at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.
12/07/2015 in RZSS
We’ve had a fantastic end to the school year, reaching some of the furthest corners of Scotland, including Eilean Siar, Skye, Ullapool, Wick and Orkney, as well as schools closer to home in Edinburgh and Renfrewshire.
10/07/2015 in Conservation
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) support and manage several cat conservation and research projects, ranging from sand cats in the Middle East to snow leopards in Mongolia. Find out more about our work with the Pallas's cat.
01/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is having a baby boom with the arrival of new-borns almost every week since spring started. The latest arrivals are a pair of Critically Endangered Turkmenian markhor twins, which were born on 18 June.
26/06/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
With the arrival of summer comes a flurry of new-borns at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park, the most recent being a trio of male baby Japanese macaque monkeys (also known as snow monkeys).
23/06/2015 in RZSS
BIAZA stands for British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and I have just returned from the association’s annual conference. The association will be 50 years old next year and this recent conference aptly demonstrated how far the legitimate zoo community has come.
18/06/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Keepers at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park are happy to announce the birth of European elk twins. The calves, one male and one female, were born in May to mum Cas and are now one month old. With oversized ears, large eyelashes and long, gangly legs, these two youngsters are set to steal visitors' hearts.
16/06/2015 in RZSS
Find out more about the work of John Ramsay, Sculptor in Residence.
12/06/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Victoria, the UK's only female polar bear, has settled in nicely since her arrival at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park in March and to celebrate, Wester Ross Fisheries has kindly agreed to donate whole salmon for her and the two male polar bears, Walker and Arktos, throughout the year.
10/06/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
He might not be a dragon or direwolf, but a new-born calf at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is following in the hoofsteps of his two older siblings and joining in on the Game of Thrones excitement.
02/06/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Boeuf the male musk ox calf at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park celebrated his first birthday on Tuesday 2 June 2015.
22/05/2015 in RZSS
Most people think of wolves as quite social animals, which they are, but establishing a compatible wolf pack is far from straightforward, and if not done properly, the wolves can start to set-about each other with potentially fatal results.
28/04/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Keepers at the Highland Wildlife Park were delighted to watch polar bear, Victoria as she stepped into her new enclosure for the first time today.
25/03/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
The Highland Wildlife Park is delighted to welcome Victoria the female polar bear on Wednesday 25 March to join resident males Walker and Arktos, with the hope of hearing the pitter patter of polar bear cub paws in the future.
24/03/2015 in RZSS
Devon Wildlife Trust has expressed 'delight and relief' at the re-release of five healthy beavers on to a Devon river. The news comes after the animals were temporarily removed from the wild in February for testing for disease.
06/03/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
Walker, one of the polar bear males at the Highland Wildlife Park, had a sit in the dentist's chair yesterday, Thursday 5 March.
27/02/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
International Polar Bear Day is on Friday 27th of February and Walker and Arktos, Scotland's only polar bears will be celebrating.
21/01/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park
The dates for our Science Summer School 2015 have been confirmed as 13-17th July and 20-24th July 2015.
07/01/2015 in RZSS
Introducing Kathy Sorley, Thinker in Residence and the RZSS residency programme.