Chief Executive’s Blog

March 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

News from the Zoo is that our king penguins are back from their stay in England. Arriving back in Scotland on Wednesday, they soon appeared to settle in and started mingling with the gentoos in the main Penguins Rock enclosure. In fact our kings have just returned in time for the re-launch of KingPenguins_2013our Penguin Parade. An iconic aspect of the Zoo since 1951, the gentoo penguins have been enjoying being back in action during their practice runs this week. Totally voluntary, as most of you will know, we just open the door to the penguin enclosure each day at 2.15pm and see who wants to come out for a wander! Our keepers don’t even encourage the birds with fish. In the practice runs so far we had a mixture of new and old birds wanting to take part. Our visitors absolutely love the parade too and it is one of the real highlights of their day, so we’re particularly delighted to be able to bring it back to Edinburgh Zoo for the Easter weekend – if we’re really lucky one or two of the kings might join in also.

Speaking of Easter, if you’re at Edinburgh Zoo over Easter you can also join in egg painting and rolling.

Also back next week is our ever popular Penguin Magic Moment. Suitable for those aged 12 or over, penguin fans can spend 45 minutes with our famous penguins helping our keepers feed the birds inside the Penguins Rock enclosure and then joining the birds in the actual penguin parade itself. Be warned – our penguins are very friendly and noisy – so expect a very close encounter! Please see our online store for further information

EdiZoo_Easter_2013Still on penguins, if you’re coming into Edinburgh Airport domestic arrivals anytime soon you’ll see our fantastic ‘Birds are Back in Town’ campaign to celebrate the return of our penguins. You can also hear us on Radio Clyde over the Easter week. On the commercial side, we also have new look membership and adoption leaflets for 2013 available at both Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park.

Our brand new afterhours Zoo Nights events are selling really well, with nearly 1,000 tickets gone already for the two nights – one in May, one June. If you’ve not heard about it, take a look here

Still with Edinburgh Zoo and the centenary events, the Centenary Exhibition at Central Libraries in Edinburgh opens on 3rd April. Worth a visit, you can find out about our famous animals over the years, how the Zoo has changed during its history and key points in our timeline.

To finish, we hope to announce soon when Tian Tian and Yang Guang should enter their 36 hour breeding season, but in the meantime we’ve another panda for you to enjoy. The Talking Scottish Panda called Pom Pom has just launched today.

pompom_blogEdinburgh Zoo and 442 Design have joined up to create this Talking Scottish Panda app that has just launched. Featuring Edinburgh Castle in the background and wearing a tammy hat made from panda tartan, Pom Pom is a Scottish panda cartoon around. Responsive to the user and with voice recognition, you can also tickle Pom Pom, who can dance a jig, munch bamboo, laugh, snooze and can even give you a kiss. The app also features an educational element with giant panda facts. Downloadable from iTunes for only 69p, a percentage of each purchase payment goes towards the conservation work of RZSS and the upkeep of the real live pandas at Edinburgh Zoo.

Best wishes,



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