Chief Executive’s Blog

July 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to my first blog post, which I’ll be updating for you regularly.

I’m looking forward to telling you all the updates from the RZSS, and both Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

Our AGM packs went out to members this week, and summary and full accounts have been posted onto our website

Big news is that last week at Edinburgh Zoo we received guests from the Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Centre, in Sichuan, China.  Our international visitors came to see the new panda enclosure and see first-hand our plans for receiving the two black and white guests later this year.  The next step will be a formal visit from the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) in the autumn.

This week we also opened our attraction Brilliant Birds.  The brand new exotic exhibit takes visitors into close contact with some of the rarest birds in the world – the bleeding heart dove and Bali starling.

And onto other exciting news… last week a new male European bison arrived from Ireland to the Highland Wildlife Park, and he’s settling in well with the herd in the main enclosure.  Our Rock hyrax at Edinburgh Zoo also had another litter of babies, the third this year.

This week Edinburgh Zoo in particular has been packed with young faces at our hugely popular summer school.  The theme this year has been Australia, and yesterday a group of lucky 6 and 7 year olds got to see Goonaroo, one of our male Koalas, come outside to enjoy the afternoon sunshine.

Make sure you also look out for Edinburgh Zoo’s TV advert that went live this week!  All about magic moments, we’re calling for you to share your personal magic moments spent at Edinburgh Zoo with us.  Just drop us a line at or then use #edzoomagicmoments.

And for the adventurous out there, you can sign up to help us protect endangered species and their habits by white water rafting down the River Tay!  If you raise £135 in sponsorship for the RZSS, then you can raft for free.  For more info telephone 0131 314 0334 or email

Best wishes,

Hugh Roberts


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