A Furry Good Time: The Edinburgh Zoo

Kid Friendly, Things to Do, What's New — By Christina Maria Paschyn on July 16, 2010 at 9:00 am

Not sure how to embrace the warm summer weather? Why not visit the Edinburgh Zoo to see some very adorable (and ferocious) animals.

Budongo Trail

Families of all ages are welcomed to Edinburgh Zoo. Hop onto one of the zoo buses and spend the day away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Edinburgh Zoo has lots to offer, with scheduled activities such as petting and feeding and everyone’s favourite highlight – the Penguin Parade. Visit Rainbow Landings to meet and feed the rainbow lorikeets and see Budongo Trail where you can get up close and personal with chimpanzees. Serengeti animals live on the sprawling land at the peak of Edinburgh Zoo. There are also Indian one-horned rhinos, Sumatran tigers, Amur leopards, the UK’s only koalas and European wolves.

Rainbow Landings

There are a few new additions to the zoo: two brother Sun Bears all the way from Cambodia (the bear type get their name from the yellow or white crescent on their chests), and last month three little red river hogs were born.

The Zoo’s most famous resident is Nils Olav, a King Penguin that happens to be the mascot and Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King’s Guard (he was even knighted by the  King’s Guard in August 2008). See if you can spot him during the Penguin Parade.

Penguin Parade

The Edinburgh Zoo opens at 9am and is located on Corstorphine Road. Admission costs £15.50 for adults and £11.00 for children (kids under 3 get in for free). You can also buy family and group tickets; visit the Edinburgh Zoo website for more information.

[Photos courtesy of Edinburgh Zoo].

Tags: "Budongo Trail", "Edinburgh Zoo", "King's Guard", "Nils Olav", "Penguin Parade", "Rainbow Landings", "Sun Bears", "travel guide", Edinburgh


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