The Big Freeze

January 6, 2010 § 3 Comments


You may sick of hearing about it, but there’s certainly no way of escaping it, Britain is experiencing the longest spell of cold weather conditions in quite some time! And, despite the chaos this has caused, many of us are enjoying the novelty factor and the picturesque sights the snow has created. Unfortunately, Edinburgh Zoo has been closed since Christmas day, and the Highland Wildlife Park has had to shut their main reserve to visitors. Zoo life has therefore been pretty quiet of late, so this week we thought that we would share some of the winter sights from both parks, and give you a glimpse of just how the animals are coping with the big freeze!

A Guinea baboon forages in the snow; but doesn’t stay out for long!

A Darwin’s rhea braves the cold temperatures

The beaver pond is frozen over

The sea lions have fun breaking through the ice in their pool

The Budongo Trail is a winter wonderland, but with the moat frozen, the chimpanzees must be kept inside

The cold snap is a breeze for the Scottish wildcats (still resident at the zoo!)

The penguins are in their element!

Mercedes, the polar bear enjoys her first deep snow since leaving Canada over 25 years ago

This cheeky robin had a lucky escape after trying to pinch some of Mercedes’ food (photo courtesy of Andrew Smith)


§ 3 Responses to The Big Freeze

  • Terry says:

    Do you have any idea when the zoo will be open again? We’ve been wanting to use our memberships but feel it’s been a waste of money if we can’t get in to the zoo.

  • rzss says:

    Edinburgh Zoo has been closed for several days due to inclement weather. Today, 7 January at 10 am, the Zoo will be partially opened to the public.

    Parts of the Zoo park will remain closed due to icy pathways, but many of our most popular attractions will be open. Stripes café will also be open to the public. The Zoo car park will remain closed to the public.

    The admission price today will be a flat fee of £5 for both adults and children.

    If you have any questions, please call ahead on 0131 334 9171. Zoo staff will also be on hand in the park to answer your questions.

    We look forward to your visit!

  • Richard, Glasgow says:

    Safety must come first! Membership is great value for money as you save money on your 4th visit and every time thereafter is free! I actually think the membership prices are too cheap

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