Chief Executive’s blog

September 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

 One of our highlights  in recent weeks was seeing Walker the Polar bear being re-united with a selection of toys following dental surgery.  And keepers at the Highland Wildlife Park have certainly found some inventive ways of enriching this young Polar bear!

Photo by Jan Morse

You may have seen photos of Walker leaping into his pool in hot pursuit of a workman’s hat in this week’s news.  While the workman’s hat is a clear favourite, Walker also enjoys playing with traffic cones and plastic barrels.

Photo by Jan Morse

At the Highland Wildlife Park we’ve recently been getting up close to other inquisitive animals, this time red squirrels.  Students at the park’s summer school have captured entertaining footage of these playful animals investigating enrichment objects like a rubber tube swing – you can click here to view a video clip.

At Edinburgh Zoo we’re also hosting a series of talks at Living Links that explore possible medical similarities between humans and our closest living relatives, the primates.  Talks are by experts in their field and should hopefully be fascinating.  Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the next talk in the Living Links lecture series is on the 20th October 2011at 7.30pm, looking at “culturally transmitted information, nutrition and health in the great apes”.  Events are £3.00 each.  Please call 0131 314 0334 or email for further information.  If you follow this link you’ll also find our more details of other lectures in the series

The BBC After Life Rot Box has continued to get more rotten by the day.  You can keep up to date with the daily decay on twitter with @BBCRotbox.  Dr George McGavin also shared his expert knowledge with visitors to Edinburgh Zoo in a series of rot box live talks. 

If you’ve always wanted to work at the Zoo, and have a couple of days spare each month to support the RZSS, we’d love to hear from you.  On Wednesday September 21st at 7:00pm here at Edinburgh Zoo there’s a chance to find out more about volunteering.  There’s more information on our website Please email to register your interest.

Edinburgh Zoo keepers are beginning to make plans for a very special occasion, Ricky the chimpanzee’s 50th birthday.  I’ll have more details to share with you shortly.

In the meantime, remember you can keep in touch with all the news and events at Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park on Facebook and Twitter.


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