Chief Executive’s Blog
August 5, 2011 § 2 Comments
This week at the RZSS we’ve had the pleasure of witnessing and helping to train some of the scientific minds of the future. It’s been the first week of our annual Summer Science School for 15 to 17 year olds. Amongst other activities, the young adults have spent time studying animal behaviour, and learning how to carry out scientific research and collect scientific data. The climax of the week saw them make their very own animal enrichment and then see first-hand the animals’ reaction.
The baby penguins at Edinburgh Zoo, who are not quite so little anymore, moved into what we’ve dubbed the penguin crèche a couple of days ago. This allows the parents a bit of respite during the stressful moulting season and mimics a natural process that would occur in the wild. This class of 2011 have been learning how to take food directly from the keepers and many have enjoyed their first ever swim now they have access to a small shallow pool. Many visitors and I have enjoyed watching the youngsters bobbing around in the water and learning what comes naturally to a penguin.
We also introduced a number of new animals to the press this week. National and regional media alike came to Edinburgh Zoo to meet and photograph our Egyptian Vultures and to the Highland Wildlife Park to meet the impressive 94 stone Tomek, our new European Bison Bull.
Here at the Society we were also able to share some exciting news yesterday. As the arrival of the giant pandas draws closer, we announced that a formal invitation has been sent to the Chinese Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) to visit Edinburgh Zoo this October for the final inspection of the new facilities being created for them. The CWCA seal of approval is a vital step in securing the dates for the pandas’ arrival, which will be decided by the Chinese Government.
Lastly, tarmac repairs have been taking place all week at Edinburgh Zoo to improve the internal path surfaces and at the Highland Wildlife Park our fibre glass polar bear has even had a lick of paint!
I look forward to giving you more updates next week.