Chief Executive’s Blog

December 12, 2011 § Leave a comment


Monday 12 December 2011

Well panda-mania has certainly been sweeping the country since Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived at Edinburgh Zoo last weekend.

The two giant pandas are in fine form and I’ve continued to visit them several times.  They’re really healthy and are adapting extremely well to their new home.   We hope to let both giant pandas out into their enclosure for more of an explore over the weekend and it won’t be long before the panda cams go live.

Remember that viewings commence for members from the 13th and visitors generally from the 16th December, but please be sure to go online in advance and book your panda viewing time slots at no extra charge.  Not long to go now!

The weather has been hard on us this week, particular on Thursday when storm force winds swept across Scotland.  Edinburgh Zoo was closed all day that day, but as can often be the way, Friday has been lovely and sunny – if somewhat chilly – and visitors enjoyed a great day out in the Zoo.

Our gardens team have been busy preparing and tidying the grounds for winter all week, and I must say they’ve gone a great job.

Our members’ magazine LifeLinks has hit the printers, so we expect it to be with our members and adopters early next year.  It details some exciting new benefits for members, updates across the various sections of Edinburgh Zoo, an update from the Highland Wildlife Park, details of our online shop, a gift guide and news on beaver education packs for all schools in Scotland.Image

Lastly, it really has been all about bears this week!  On Tuesday Walker the polar bear turned three.  The Highland Wildlife Park’s well-loved and playful bear was treated to a huge ice cake packed with all his favourite foods.  Full of salmon, apples and carrots – the cake was also topped with Walker’s absolute favourite food – sardines!  Not my idea of a birthday cake, but he certainly was happy.

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