Chief Executive’s Blog

May 22, 2012 § Leave a comment


Today I’m pleased to be able to give an update on our penguins that are currently on holiday in Belfast and in Gloucester.

Apparently our gentoo penguins staying over the water in Belfast Zoo have been breeding, however as per usual, there have been some divorces and some new partnerships amongst the various birds.  Belfast Zoo has also been kind enough to forward over these great photos of our penguins enjoying their temporary surroundings.

Down at Birdland our kings have integrated extremely well with the resident king penguins, particularly Nils Olav.  He’s showing a lot of interest in a female king penguin called Lily. Keepers have high hopes that the two penguins will pair up and potentially have chicks.  Due to the changeable weather recently the breeding season for king’s is falling a little later than normal, but they hope to have more news to share with us shortly.

Our trio of Japanese snow monkeys recently born at the Highland Wildlife Park, the ones I mentioned in my blog last week, have been making news worldwide.  Press coverage appeared as far afield as Italy, Russia and Latvia.  It’s always great to hear that so many people are interested in us, our news and the work we do.

Still at the Highland Wildlife Park, a bachelor white lipped deer named Andy joined our highland girls last week.  After waiting patiently in quarantine for 30 days, the only boy joined the Park from an all-male deer group at the Scottish Deer Centre in Fife.  So far this young male seems to be settling in well to a life surrounded by females in the Highlands.

Back to Edinburgh Zoo, did anyone catch the BBC documentary show On the Road with Edinburgh Zoo that was on the BBC News Channel over the weekend?  BBC’s Matthew Stadlen met with our director of research and conservation, Iain Valentine, and also with some of our head keepers – Lorna Hughes, Alison Maclean and Colin Oulton – to find out more about Edinburgh Zoo and the conservational aims of the Society.  If you missed the episode, just follow this link to BBC iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01j8pk4

Speak soon,

Best wishes,

Hugh Roberts

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