Chief Executive’s blog
October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment
The primate section at Edinburgh Zoo has had a busy week. On Monday our chimpanzees tucked into one of their favourite foods as part of world porridge day to help raise awareness for the charity Mary’s Meals. The tasty and nutritional food is a firm favourite with our chimpanzee group who are served porridge four times a week.
On Tuesday an original mural was launched at Living Links. The mural features various members of the primate family and is designed to show visitors where they fit into the primate family. We were delighted to welcome special guest Professor Anne Glover, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government, who attended the opening ceremony and even posed in prime position to launch our wonderful mural.
Meanwhile visitors to Edinburgh Zoo have been getting a closer look into the fascinating world of insects and invertebrates as part of our creepy crawly fun event. From the giant leaf insect to the Queensland Titan stick insect, twenty species are now on show in the Budongo Trail Lecture Theatre. This event will run every weekend in October and every day between Saturday 15th and Sunday 23rd.
Further North the Highland Wildlife Park has had its first snowfall of the year and many of the animals are growing their thick winter coats as the temperature begins to drop.
The Park’s first photography day proved to be a great success. The photography tour was run by Alex Riddell, more often seen leading the Landrover Tours through the Highland Wildlife Park, and participants had a fantastic time getting up close to the Amur tigers, polar bear and other animals. The second day, at the end of October, is now fully booked.
Last but not least, brave volunteers will be taking part in this year’s firewalk challenge after dark this Friday night.