Chief Executive’s Blog

November 18, 2011 § Leave a comment


Hello again.

This week Walker, our well-loved polar bear at the Highland Wildlife Park, entertained visitors with his acrobatic displays, leaping and splashing around in his large pool.  His antics were captured by a photographer and then appeared across the Scottish press. 

This young playful bear is fast winning hearts across Scotland and beyond and, since the publicity surrounding Walker’s love of hard hats as a play thing, Walker has even started getting fan mail from admirers as far afield as Devon, Leamington Spa and Northampton.

Walker's fan club is growing

Also at the Highland Wildlife Park, two young male European Forest reindeer have moved into a new enclosure and are settling in well.  Marten and Lenni’s new enclosure has a raised wooden walkway that offers visitors a picture perfect view.

Reindeer also aren’t the only festive sight at the Highland Wildlife Park, Santa will turn on the Christmas lights on December 3rd and entry to the Park will be free from 4pm to 6pm.  Children can also meet the big man on December 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th and 18th at 11.30am and 2.30pm as he leads a walk to Reindeer Wood to feed our reindeer.

Santa checks on his helpers

Santa checks on his helpers

I’d also like to congratulate Kimberley Walker and her family who are the winners of our online competition for a family membership.  Kimberley and her family can look forward to a year’s unlimited access to Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park, as well as many other benefits.

Just a reminder too that RZSS members can enjoy a tasty new benefit.  The Mansion House will serve up afternoon tea on the last Wednesday of every month from 1pm to 4pm.  Come along and enjoy tea or coffee, a scone with jam and cream, cucumber sandwiches and a cake all for £5.95 per person.  The first afternoon launches on Wednesday 30th November.

Our penguin cam software had an upgrade this week, so fans of our world famous residents can continue to enjoy our penguins splashing, waddling and swimming anywhere, and anytime.

And our penguins aren’t the only Edinburgh Zoo residents appearing on camera.  Edinburgh Zoo’s historically famous former inhabitant, Wojtek the ‘soldier bear’, will be coming to the small screen in December on BBC Scotland.

During World War II Wojtek was adopted by the 22nd Company Polish Army Service and Corps (Artillery) troops.  Following the war, Wojtek spent the rest of his days peacefully at Edinburgh Zoo.  I’ll let you know when we have further scheduling details.

Until then, all the best

Hugh

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