Spring really has finally sprung!

April 7, 2010 § Leave a comment

The snow has finally melted but it was still a shock to the system last week when we awoke to yet more wintery weather. It was especially a shock for our wildbus which had set off for a week in the borders.

Monday was a day like any other with the bus and outreach team setting off for the 40mile trip to Galashiels. Tuesday the pupils of Galashiels Academy were treated to a trip onto the wildbus taking the count up to 75 schools that the bus has visited so far, well on track for the 100 school target. Wednesday morning was a different story as they awoke to a Borders white out! As the bus set off home they were met by sleet, snow, rain and even more frustrating, closed roads!

An epic detour ensued resulting in a 107mile trip home!! The bus went from Galashiels to Stow where the road closed them off. So back to Gala and east to Kelso, on towards Coldstream and over the border into England! The team then managed to join the A1 at Berwick-upon-tweed before back over the border for a speedy route north to Dunbar and then back west to reach home sweet home at the zoo. 5 hours later.

Check out the pictures of the bus’ epic journey. The team kept themselves occupied with games of ‘Animal A to Z’ so let us know if you can think of any interesting creatures for each letter of the alphabet there’s a few that are tougher to come up with than others!!

Blue- Trip to Galashiels. Red- Trip home!

Support car, generator and an Outreacher in Galashiels white out!

Following the bus home!

Bus crosses the border back into Scotland

In other news this week the International Science Festival is in full swing across the city and at the zoo. Come by this Saturday and Sunday between 11 and 4 to help make enrichment for some of our animals and see how they react to it when keepers place your efforts into the enclosures! Visit our whats on web page to see what you fancy. http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/whatson/promotions/index.html

 To finish off we thought we’d better mention some of our animals! So please enjoy some pictures of zoo residents enjoying the last of the snow and keep your eye on our penguin pals next time you visit to see how they’re getting on with their breeding season as previously reported.

A barbary macaque tries to keep off the cold white stuff

Tibor the Sumatran tiger has a snowy snooze

Penguins look right at home


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