Chief Executive’s blog

October 7, 2011 § 1 Comment


Hello again. 

Interpretation plans for the giant panda enclosure are looking good and developing nicely, and I’m looking forward to seeing the final product installed.

And more panda news, today we held a special hard hat event here at Edinburgh Zoo to introduce the Giant Panda enclosure to the Edinburgh and Scottish tourism industry and businesses in the city.  It was a pleasure to see their reactions to the new enclosure and to discuss the enormous benefits pandas will bring to Edinburgh and Scotland.  

Plans are also being finalised for a new member’s forum that will launch in a couple of weeks’ time.  The finishing touches are just being made to the final design and layout.  The member’s forum will offer exclusive content and images to the Society’s thousands of members.

Last week a meeting of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland board took place and we were joined by new trustees, bringing new experience and different perspectives to the Society.

Starting from tomorrow, for the month of October Edinburgh Zoo will be host to all things creepy and crawly.  There’ll be over 20 species on display in the Budongo Trail, including striped sun beetles, purple jewel beetles, whip-tailed scorpions, Madagascan hissing cockroaches, a mega mantis bird-eating tarantula, apple snails and many more.  The event will run each weekend in October and during the half term week from October 15th to the 23rd.

At the Highland Wildlife Park brand new poster advertising went up at Aviemore Station to raise its presence in the area.

 This week has also been the first full week of Edinburgh Zoo’s new free standing retail unit at the Gyle shopping centre.  Selling product from our shop, memberships and animal adoptions, the unit has been well received.

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