Chief Executive’s Blog

September 5, 2011 § Leave a comment

This week at the RZSS we’ve introduced a new baby L’hoest’s monkey to the press.  You may have seen pictures of our new baby, or you might have been lucky enough to see it on a visit to the monkey house at Edinburgh Zoo.

Baby L'hoest's monkey at Edinburgh Zoo

The baby is an inquisitive orange-eyed monkey that was born in late June and has a big personality.  Its birth has special significance as mum Tumbili brought new genetics to Edinburgh from North America.  Every birth is special, but the new mix of genetics will strengthen biodiversity here and in zoos throughout Europe.  In another two months we’ll know if it’s a boy or a girl and will be able to choose a name.

There have also been three births in our new attraction Brilliant Birds.  The chicks have been born to a pair of the few pure-born Chinese Cochin red junglefowl in captivity. 

A Cochin Chinese red junglefowl chick at Edinburgh Zoo

Despite their exotic appearance these birds, which are native to Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam, are ancestors of the domesticated chicken.  Interbreeding between these birds and domesticated chickens means there are only small numbers of pure-bred Cochin Chinese red junglefowl in the wild, so again this is another important birth for Edinburgh Zoo.

The monthly RZSS newsletter also went out this week too, which I hope many of you enjoyed.  Full of news and offers, if you’d like to sign up just email 

We’re also planning a fundraising fire walk challenge here at Edinburgh Zoo.  We’re inviting RZSS supporters to take part in this exhilarating test.  Are you brave enough to walk across 20 feet of burning embers to raise funds?  A number of our veterinary team and staff will take part, and we’d be pleased if many of you could join in too – and I can assure you that its completely safe.  The money raised will go towards buying specialised equipment for our veterinary team, including a small animal ventilator, ECG machine and a flexible gastroscope.  The event is taking place on the evening of Friday 14th October, so if you’re interested get in touch with Louise Dickson on 0131 314 0334 or for further details and to sign up.

Other events include a rather spectacular spooky Halloween event here at the mansion house at Edinburgh Zoo.  Further details will appear our website when they’re available.  With the mansion house dating back to 1700s, it’s sure to be interesting!


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