RZSS Media Centre

Welcome to the media centre for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

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.

To get in touch with our PR team please email media@rzss.org.uk or telephone 0131 314 0383/12.


Surprise funding for Zoo’s new red pandas

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.


Giant pandas come to East Ayrshire’s school children

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.


10,000 school children are wild about Scotland

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.


Event notice: In search of the long-nosed bandicoot

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.


Lemurs celebrate lottery win

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.


Gloria! A Christmas arrival at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

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.


Zoo carpenter scoops Apprentice of the Year

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.


Baubles of Christmas joy for squirrel monkeys

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.


‘Santa Paws’ comes early for the Highlands’ Amur tigers

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.


Meer-y Christmas for the meerkats

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.


Polar bear birthday bonanza

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.


New black and white birds land at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

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.


Greater one-horned rhino departs RZSS Edinburgh Zoo as part of vital breeding programme

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.


Highland Wildlife Blog – Wildcat facts and fiction

29/11/2015 in RZSS

Scottish Wildcat facts and fiction


Going Wild about Scotland through October

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.


Arnaud's Blog: Have you seen this armadillo?

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.


Movie magic at the Zoo

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.


Purrfect lynx triplets treble in size

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.


Highland Wildlife Blog: When should you pull a tiger’s tail?

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.


RZSS Cat Conservation Blog

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.


RZSS WildGenes Blog: Desert Gazelles in Danger

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.


New rhino horn DNA test deployed in Vietnam to aid enforcement against illegal wildlife trade

03/11/2015 in Conservation


Arnaud’s Blog: Giant armadillo expedition updates from the Pantanal

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.


Snow leopards unleashed at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

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.


Happy birthday Goonaroo

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.


RZSS Thinker in Residence Blog

22/10/2015 in RZSS

Find out more about the Tribal Elders Lecture Series.


An evening of cat conservation with Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull

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.


Chief Executive’s Blog - 19 October

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.


Dinosaurs Return! approaches half a million visitors 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.


HRH The Princess Royal delivers Tribal Elders talk at 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.


Cindy the chimpanzee’s 50th birthday celebrations

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.


RZSS Cat Conservation Blog

12/10/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park

An update from the RZSS Cat Conservation Project Officer on our recent projects


Highland Wildlife Blog - Swords into Ploughshares

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.


World Animal Day Tweetathon

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.


Giant panda blog: Giant pandas and stem cell research

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.


InstaMeet at the Zoo

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.


Sayang the tapir celebrates 12th birthday

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.


Creepy Crawlies invade RZSS Edinburgh Zoo this October half term

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.


RZSS WildGenes Blog: Arabian Sand Gazelle

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.


Celebrating the Wolf

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.


RZSS WildGenes Blog: The Himalayan Wolf Project

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.


Long legged foals limber up at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park

09/09/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park has recently welcomed two eastern kiang foals to the herd.


RZSS Edinburgh Zoo welcomes critically endangered axolotls

08/09/2015 in Edinburgh Zoo

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo has recently become home to two rather unusual looking creatures – the critically endangered axolotl.


Chief Executive’s Blog - 7 September

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.


RZSS Cat Conservation - Update from Iran

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


Chief Executive’s Blog - 27 August

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


Arnaud’s Blog – Expansion into the Cerrado

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.


BIAZA top ten birds

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.


Chief Executive’s Blog - 24 August

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 .


Purrrfect northern lynx triplets pounce and play in the Highlands

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.


Giant armadillo project update – June and July expeditions

20/08/2015 in Conservation

All the latest news from the RZSS Giant armadillo project from the June and July expeditions


RZSS Cat Conservation Blog - Update from Nepal

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.


Chief Executive’s Blog - 7 August

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.


Military get their hands dirty for conservation

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.


Heap of excitement in the Highlands

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.


Hope for rare species as almost extinct dove hatches

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.


Chief Executive’s Blog - 2 August

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


Highland Wildlife Blog – The Leopard of the Mountains

25/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park

The Leopard of the Mountains - the latest blog by Head of Living Collections, Douglas Richardson


Endangered snow leopard pair arrive in the Highlands

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.


Critically Endangered Scottish Wildcat Kittens Born

22/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park

RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is pleased to welcome three young Scottish wildcat kittens to the Park.


New beaver kit captured on film at Knapdale

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.


Deerly Beloved

17/07/2015 in Highland Wildlife Park

Keepers are excited to announce the arrival of fourteen red deer calves at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.


Chief Executive's Blog - 13 July 2015

13/07/2015 in RZSS


Going Wild about Scotland through June!

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.


RZSS Pallas Cat Update

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.


New Kids at the Park

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.


A flurry of snow monkeys

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).


Highland Wildlife Blog – What is a BIAZA?

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.


Twice the elk-citement

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.


RZSS Thinker in Residence Blog – Profiling John Ramsay, Sculptor in Residence

16/06/2015 in RZSS

Find out more about the work of John Ramsay, Sculptor in Residence.


Fishy treats for Victoria

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.


Game of Thrones fever with new Mishmi takin calf

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.


Happy Boeuf-day to Rare Musk Ox Calf

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.


Highland Wildlife Blog – Wolf Pack Politics

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.


Victoria the Polar Bear Goes on Show

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.


UK’s Only Female Polar Bear to Arrive in Scotland

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.


Beavers return home with clean bill of health

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.


Walker the Polar Bear’s Dental Check Up

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.


Walker and Arktos Celebrate International Polar Bear Day 2015

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.


2015 Science Summer School Dates Announced

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.


RZSS Residencies Blog – Kathy Sorley, Thinker in Residence

07/01/2015 in RZSS

Introducing Kathy Sorley, Thinker in Residence and the RZSS residency programme.

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