Chief Executive’s Blog

August 26, 2011 § Leave a comment

Welcome again to my weekly blog from the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

I’m delighted to announce that a new Tropical Forest zone housing amphibians and invertebrates will launch at the entrance of Brilliant Birds. Open from the middle of next week, visitors can see rare partula snails, phantasmal poison frogs, blue poison arrow frogs, White’s tree frogs, stick insects, rosy wolf snails, sun beetles, cockroaches and yellow footed tortoises amongst others. A leaf cutter ant colony will also move in over the next few weeks, and you’ll be able to watch them march by on a rope walkway carrying leaves back to their nest.

We’ve also just heard that the Highland Wildlife Park has been awarded a Silver Green Tourism badge. A great achievement, the locally sourced food on offer at the Park, local crafts in the gift shop and ethically sourced gifts from further afield, were a great hit on their recent assessment. Steps such as recycling cardboard, plastic and cans, installing energy saving light bulbs and replacing hand towels with state-of-the-art hand dryers contributed towards the win as well.

More great news, the Scottish Beaver Trial at Knapdale has been recognised by the prestigious Lonely Planet Awards which celebrate their travel favourites over the last 12 months. The trial reintroduction of Eurasian beavers has won the ‘Wildlife Comeback Award’ and is amazing recognition of the popularity of the trial and its beautiful setting amongst tourists near and far. Visit for further information on the trial and to visit the reintroduction site at Knapdale.

If any of you have visited the BBC After Life project recently, you’ll have seen that things are progressing nicely in there, although I hesitate to use the word nice! Exploring the science of decay, the project is housed in the Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo and is being filmed for a BBC Four documentary.

Don’t forget that next week on Tuesday 30th August you can join us at Edinburgh Zoo to hear Alan Strachan, from the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in South Africa and a former employee of Edinburgh Zoo, talk about conservation work with this important species. To book please telephone 0131 314 0355 or visit


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