Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913.
Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. As well as getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out.
You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities - ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters - and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas, a fantastic gift shop, free hilltop safari rides.
Not only is Edinburgh Zoo one of Scotland's most popular visitor attraction- it is also one of Europe's leading centres of conservation, education and research. Edinburgh Zoo works collectively with many other zoos and conservation agencies in the UK, Europe and around the world in co-ordinated conservation programmes, to help ensure the survival of many threatened animal species. .
For more details about Edinburgh Zoo please visit www.edinburghzoo.org.uk.
Highland Wildlife Park
At the Highland
Wildlife Park visitors can discover animals native to Scotland as
well as endangered species
from the world's mountains and tundra in a spectacular
Based in the stunning setting of Cairngorms National Park the Highland Wildlife Park is home over 200 animals from red pandas to grey wolves, Scottish wildcats to the UK's only polar bear.
The Highland Wildlife Park was opened in 1972 and, along with Edinburgh Zoo, is run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.The Park encomapses a sprawling reserve, which visitors can drive through, as well as a walk through area.
The Highland Wildlife Park is a member of BIAZA and works with other zoo's and conservtion agencies in the UK, Europe and around the world in co-ordinated conservation programmes to help ensure the survival of many threatened animal species.
For more details about the Highland Wildlife Park please visit www.highlandwildlifepark.org.