All posts tagged: Scotland

The falcons and hawks of Dunrobin Castle

It’s World Environment Day today and to celebrate we bring you news of the falcons and hawks at Dunrobin Castle in Sutherland in the Scottish Highlands. The castle, home of the Earls of Sutherland, is the most northerly of Scotland’s great houses and the falconry displays are highly praised by both locals and visitors, taking place […]

UK’s youngest polar bear cub is a boy!

Expert vets and keepers at Highland Wildlife Park in Scotland have announced that the UK’s youngest polar bear cub, born in December 2021, is a boy. Mum Victoria previously gave birth to Hamish, the UK’s first polar bear cub in 25 years, in December 2017. The wildlife conservation charity confirmed the three-month-old cub is male […]

Tiny polar bear birth announced

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has announced the birth of a tiny polar bear cub at Highland Wildlife Park, near Aviemore. Staff at the wildlife conservation charity were delighted when they first heard the distinct high-pitched cub sounds coming from the den but say the coming months are crucial.

First health checks for adorable tiger cub trio

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland has revealed that three endangered Amur tiger cubs born at Highland Wildlife Park in May are two girls and a boy. The nine-week-old tiger cubs, who have just received their first health checks by staff at the wildlife conservation charity, are all doing well and will be named in the coming weeks. Although […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Highland Wildlife Park get into the Halloween spirit

The animals at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park enjoyed some spooky fun this week after keepers left out some Halloween treats from them. The wildlife conservation charity’s inquisitive Arctic foxes, wolverines, snow leopards and lynx enjoyed searching for some of their favourite food, which was hidden inside hollowed-out pumpkins. Watch the […]

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 […]

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 […]