Follow Dad’s Lead Then Bug Out At The Weekend!

June 23, 2010 § Leave a comment

Did we all remember Fathers Day last Sunday? Here at the zoo we had an extra special Fathers Day event with a very deserving Dad leading Sundays Penguin Parade!

Back in May we opened our Fathers Day competition inviting kids to nominate their Dad to win this money-can’t-buy-prize. Entrants had to tell us in no more than 250 words why their Dad was the best and Gavin Miller, dad to Gregor who’s 2 and ½ and Thomas who’s one, was selected as our leading man. Gavin was nominated by his wife Laura on Gregor and Thomas’ behalf after the family came through some tough times recently.

 Mr Miller lost his right leg below the knee and broke his thigh during a motorcycle accident in July 2008 when Gregor was 10 months old and Thomas was on the way. Mr Miller had to learn to walk with a prosthetic limb around the same time Gregor was taking his first steps. Then, this time last year Mr Millar had to go back to hospital to have his thigh re-broken and pinned. This left him bed ridden while it healed and meant having to then learn to walk again, all over again! Now that Dad is back on his feet what better way to celebrate than leading the penguins on their merry parade! Congratulations to the Miller family from Linlithgow we hope you had a great time and enjoyed your day at the zoo with your prize lunch in the Mansion House as well.

Parading Penguins!

 And there are more events this weekend too! This time we’re looking to see who’s brave enough to come and take part in National Insect Week 2010.

Come And Meet These Marvelous Animals

Throughout the weekend Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of June between 11am and 4pm there will be a whole host of creepy crawly goings on. This will include insect handling sessions throughout the day with Madagascan hissing cockroaches and giant spiny stick insects among some of the creatures to be held. There will be a real live working honey bee hive to observe and the opportunity to build your very own bug hotel. A bug hotel can offer insects a place to hibernate, give solitary bees a place to build a nest and provide shelter for any bugs that happen to be passing by. There will also be museum specimens on display to marvel at the weird and wonderful world of insects and why they are so important to the planet. All activities are included in our admission fees so with no extra costs it’ll be a great addition to what we’re sure will already be a fabulous trip to the zoo!

Meet a Madacasgan Hissing Cockroach!

Find the details on our website here:

And for other insect goings on around Edinburgh check the National Insect Week official website here:


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