All posts tagged: Edinburgh Zoo

Gentoo penguin chicks hatch at Edinburgh Zoo

The first images of this year’s newly-hatched gentoo penguin chicks have been released by staff at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. The wildlife conservation charity has reported that nine chicks have emerged so far, with the first two eggs hatching to parents Muffin and Mittens on 1st May. Gentoo chicks weigh around 98g when hatched, which is the equivalent to half an avocado! The first month […]

First outing for Edinburgh Zoo’s newborn

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo’s newest arrival has been spotted out and about for the first time since arriving in May. Now visitors will get the chance to meet the adorable L’Hoest’s monkey baby, born to first-time mum Sheli who is very protective of her newborn. The youngster will be named in the coming weeks, once keepers […]

UK’s only koala joey a girl

The UK’s only koala joey had her first health check at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo recently. Staff at the wildlife conservation charity have confirmed that the youngster, born in July last year, is a girl and currently weighs 759g. Keepers will now choose an Aboriginal inspired name for the young […]

Rare chimpanzee born at Edinburgh Zoo

A critically endangered Western chimpanzee has been born at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo. The yet to be named female is only the second chimpanzee to be born in Scotland for over 20 years. Mum Heleen was rescued from a research laboratory in the Netherlands before being brought to the zoo in 2010. This is the second birth for […]

Edinburgh Zoo’s Asiatic lion cubs named

Three Asiatic lion cubs born in August at The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo have been named following a public vote. Keepers at the wildlife conservation charity drew up a shortlist of names, inspired by the Gir forest in western India where the endangered species are found, before voters picked their favourites. Now […]

Giant pandas on the move at Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK’s only giant pandas which keepers recently moved to a new enclosure. The panda pair were relocated to avoid being disturbed by building noise as the former Corstorphine Hospital located next to the Zoo is redeveloped. Male Yang Guang – which translates to ‘sunshine’ in Chinese – and female […]

Rare tapir calf born at Edinburgh Zoo

Keepers at Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Edinburgh Zoo welcomed the birth of a rare Malayan tapir recently. Malayan tapirs, also known as the Asian tapirs, are the largest of four tapir species and are native to the rainforests of Burma, Malaysia, Sumatra and Thailand. They are increasingly threatened in the wild by habitat loss and […]

Rare deer fawn born at Edinburgh Zoo

Keepers at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo have been celebrating the arrival of one of the rarest mammals in the world – a Visayan spotted deer. Born last month, the little male fawn will join the conservation breeding programme set up to help safeguard this endangered species. Sadly, the Visayan spotted deer is now thought to be […]

Festive treats for Edinburgh meerkats

Keepers at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo provided their Meerkat plaza residents with some giant Christmas themed enrichment as an extra festive treat this week. The meerkats enjoyed crawling inside and popping their heads out of a Christmas cracker filled with food, along with lots of miniature crackers also stuffed full of their favourite treats. Edinburgh Zoo’s […]

Creepy Crawlies invade Edinburgh Zoo

Creepy Crawlies return to RSZZ Edinburgh Zoo this Friday 7th October and the exhibition promises to be bigger and better than ever. Visit a whole host of weird and wonderful creepy crawlies from around the world on the zoo’s Budongo Trail, with the opportunity to meet the keepers and get hands on with bugs and insects […]