All posts tagged: RZSS

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 […]

Tiger love at Highland Wildlife Park

Love is in the air at Highland Wildlife Park for endangered Amur tigers, Botzman and Dominika, after they were caught bonding together on camera for the first time recently. Staff at the wildlife charity began carefully introducing the pair in November, following Botman’s arrival from ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in October, and encouraged by how well the new couple were getting on, decided to let them meet […]

Polar bear Hamish heads south

Hamish the polar bear arrived at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park in 2018 where he was celebrated as the first cub to be born in the UK for 25 years. A huge hit with visitors, two and a half-year-old Hamish is now ready to leave mum Victoria for a new life at Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s Project […]

Baby boom for Highland Wildlife Park

Last month proved a busy one for RZSS Highland Wildlife Park as staff welcomed 14 new arrivals to the wildlife conservation charity in Scotland while on lockdown. Births included two forest reindeer calves, seven Turkmenian markhor kids, one Bukhara deer calf, three Japanese macaque babies, and one Przewalski’s horse foal – with more expected soon! […]

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 […]

Snow fun for Hamish in the Highlands ❄️

Hamish the polar bear enjoyed the recent snowfall at his Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) Highland Wildlife Park home this week.  The wildlife conservation charity looks after a number of cold-weather adapted and native animals within 105 hectares at the Cairngorms National Park, including snow leopard, Amur tiger, Japanese macaque, European bison, and Scottish […]

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 […]

Beavers given legal protection in Scotland

This week the Scottish Government made the landmark decision to introduce legal protection for beavers in Scotland from May 1st. The beaver will now join species such as otters, bats and bottlenose dolphins as a European Protected Species in Scotland. The announcement has been welcomed by the two lead partners in the Scottish Beaver Trial […]

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 […]