Stop Press: A Wild Media Frenzy!

April 21, 2010 § 2 Comments


Hello bloggers!
This week we thought we would look into the expanse of the internet and let you in on some of the nooks and crannies where you can find the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland throughout t’interweb.

Top of the list is our new Youtube channel for Edinburgh Zoo. Already uploaded is a fantastic clip about our penguins currently in their breeding season and keeping the keepers busy with the nest rings and egg counts. Our gentoos are in full reproductive swing with over 90 (!) eggs already laid. Check back to our February 24th blog from this year for a good read on penguin breeding behaviour. Keep your eyes peeled for a super exciting video to be posted this week about other zoo residents and their new arrivals!

 Penguin blog is here:
https://rzss.wordpress.com/2010/02/24/comings-goings-and-some-courting-on-the-side/
and our Shiny New Youtube Channel here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/TheEdinburghZoo

For an extra dose of penguins be sure to watch The Hour on STV tonight at 5 where they will have a feature on gentoo colonies and the pebbles they use to build their nests.

The Facebook Phenomenon!

Unless you’ve been living on Mars chances are you’ve heard of facebook. Of course we’re confident our blog readers are fluent enough in web exploration that most of you will already be on facebook. Well so are we! Send us your comments and post pictures you’ve taken of your favourite animal from your last trip to the zoo when you link to like us. There is a separate page for the Highland Wildlife Park too with plenty of their pictures if you haven’t managed to make it up yet this year. 

Join the zoo on Facebook here:
http://www.facebook.com/edinburgh.zoo?ref=ts#!/pages/Edinburgh/Edinburgh-Zoo/352975967242?ref=ts
and the Highland Wildlife Park here:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kingussie-United-Kingdom/Highland-Wildlife-Park-Kincraig/172739656707?ref=ts

 Roaring Success in the Press.

While you’re checking out the Highland Wildlife Park pages look into our HWP resident that’s been getting loads of press attention this week, the Highland Tiger.
The Scottish wildcat, also known as the Highland tiger, is extremely rare yet its plight seems to get dropped off the radar over more exotic species like the polar bear, Amur tiger or giant panda. Conservation of the wildcat is vital with estimates at less than 400 left in the wild, losing Britain’s last native feline would be a disaster. These fierce predators play important roles in their ecosystem and are a species to be proud of and admire.

Learn more about the highland tiger and what you can do to help at:
http://www.highlandtiger.com/

If you are a cat owner, you can play a hugely important role in helping the wildcats by following the responsible cat ownership guide. Something as quick and easy to arrange as neutering your pet can help prevent the purity of the wildcat gene pool being diluted through interspecies breeding which produces fertile hybrids. This along with confusion when identifying wildcats during legal predator control and diseases spread by domestic cats all put the wildcat at grave risk.

Checkout the feature from Monday nights Reporting Scotland here:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/highlands_and_islands/8628434.stm
And see the RZSS resident wildcats:
 http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org/wildcat.htm

The Cairngorms National Park is thought to be the last stronghold for the wildcat and RZSS are involved in the Cairngorms wildcat project. The ongoing project started in 2008 and aims to raise awareness of the wildcats’ plight while working with different organizations to monitor and improve conditions in the wild. More information about the project and other research we’re involved in can be found on the Edinburgh Zoo pages here:
http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/conservation-and-research/scottish-native-species/scottish_wildcat.html

Details on the progress of the Cairngorms wildcat project and the blog to go along with it can be found on the Highland Tigers website at:
http://www.highlandtiger.com/cairngorms_wildcat_project.asp

Phew! Plenty news and sites to delve into. Enjoy and be sure to link up with us on facebook and youtube for up to the minute status updates to keep you going between blogs!

Beautiful wildcat picture from Highland Wildlife Parks ‘Our Animals’  album.

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§ 2 Responses to Stop Press: A Wild Media Frenzy!

  • JoGGer says:

    I’ve been reading about Mercedes the only polar bear in captivity in the UK. I’m a tad concerned about 1 bear being kept on its own. San Diego has three bears who really seem to look good together on the zoos live cam.

    Shouldn’t Edinburgh be planning to introduce Mercedes to some company from her own species ?

  • rzss says:

    Thank you for your comment!

    There are no current plans to introduce a new polar bear to Mercedes. Polar bears in the wild are solitary animals who will only come together for a short period to mate or when a female has cubs. As you have pointed out polar bears can live together in captivity but it is actually more typical of their natural behaviour for them to be solitary.
    Mercedes’ new enclosure at the Highland Wildlife Park is the largest polar bear enclosure in Europe with a large natural pool set in over four acres of land, typical of her natural taundra environment.
    We are happy to say that she seems to be really enjoying her new home!

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