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Not as good as it was when i was younger. penguins were funny though well worth it for that , toilets at entrance were stinking and hated taking the kids through the shop as most of the stuff in there was WELL OVERPRICED ,
Fantastic family day out for all ages. Great tip: Start at the top and weave your way down, finishing up at the new, amazing Chimp compound. I love it so much, I'm becoming a Member so I can take my grandchildren there more often. Always entertaining, educational and seems to get better with every visit. The new play area beside the Penguin enclosure was a great idea, as it helps to provide some rest for weary adults! A healthy outdoors venue that is still enjoyable during bad weather times as there are many opportunities to get shelter. Noticed the gift shops are now selling pocket-money souvenirs that are really good value for money. All in all, this is the best family venue in Edinburgh and worth every penny! Can't wait to see the Pandas.
I had a fun day with the family in the Zoo last week. The place was fine although it goes under some renovations. They promise a lot after this renovation and I am quite optimistic. They even gave me one free adult ticket for next visit.
The best part of the trip was the penguins marsh. Around noon, penguins marsh from their pool back to their sheds. I think that was the best action of the day.
I went here when we went to edinburgh for the weekend i have to say what a specil fantastic zoo loads of great animals and a fantastic bird sanctuary stunning colourful birds and you can buy food etc and the birds come to you to have a feed. I absolutely loved it here as everyone else looked like they were too i would highly reccommend taking all ages of people here as there is something for everyone.
One of the times i visited was when poor Mercedes the polar bear was still here and that poor old soul was one of the most miserable looking bored creatures I have ever seen.
They are particuarly bad for breeding animals to work as a vistor draw and then culling them. google red river pigs edinburgh to find out more on that one.
Only this year it is working on getting the giant pandas in to be a real money spinner yet at the same time it has been threatened with the removal of its operating licence after inspectors found it had failed to address a series of animal welfare and safety failings that date back at least five years.
At the same time it is spending a fortune on pandas: the big cat enclosure is in a terrible state of disrepair; the sea lion enclosure has several animals were suffering from eye infections; and the main food store was infested withvermin.
In additon to that just what you need when bringing in the worlds rarest bears with tricky needs - problems with the zoo's veterinary hospital.
All of the above inspection findings are fully verifiable via freedom of information documents and other publications.
I love zoos and Edinburgh zoo is one of the best I have been to. Situated a bus ride away from the centre, it is conveniently located. You can spend a whole day there and it is a great attraction for all the family! I went there with my boyfriend and even though it was in September and raining, we still had an amazing time.
We planned to go on a nice day, and it was a nice hot day. Great attraction, easily accessible via bus from Edinburgh City Centre.
I would recommend getting the bus tour first, then work your way around the bottom parts of the Zoo (as there isn't much at the top and its one hell of a steep hill)
Lots of animals and lots of information about them. Penguin parade didn't happen the day we went (none of them were interested, but this was probably due to it being a hot day and they were all swimming about - could have joined them at a few points in the day)
Great experience, would be great for kids to visit.
took my girlfriend, and was a nice day out some strange people about that were slighlty more interseting then the animals! Squirrel Monkeys and Penguins are the attraction here all the other main animals seem to be sleeping when i went lol. Incuding the sun bears and it wasnt that rainy maybe was there lunchtime. anyway worth a look at 15quid entry incuding the donation to help look after the animals.
A nice little zoo. You have to take the bus from the centre of Edinburgh to get here as it is a little way out of town.
There are so many animals to see here and a good walk to get round to see them all! If you are not so much into walking up the steeper hilled bits then there is a little bus-type vehicle which you can ride on. I recommend the walk though as it means you can appreciate all the animals more and spend more time looking at them. I'm not so keen on seeing the large cats (lions and tigers) in their enclosures as I do think they are too small for them and I don't really like seeing them in captivity, but they do seem well looked after.
There is a large reptile house at the zoo, and also a restaurant and a maze! There is also a really large gift shop which sells lots of goodies, though it is quite expensive as most gift shops are.
Edinburgh zoo seems to be known for its penguins, and it is lovely to sit and watch them in their enclosure, especially at feeding time! They also sometimes have a penguin parade, where the penguins walk around the zoo.
A good day out for the whole family!
I am an absolute sucker for penguins, and this place has probably the best penguin enclosure I have ever seen. I could honestly stand there all day watching them potter about. There are huge numbers of gentoos, kings, and rockhoppers, and they even do a parade once a day, where the keepers open the gates and they wander around a designated route of their own volition.
Other than the penguins, though, I'm not a huge fan of the rest of the zoo - it's okay, but some of the enclosures are quite small and the animals can be quite difficult to see. I find it quite odd that they seem to have a number of 'shy' / nocturnal animals in a place where you've specifically paid to see them...!
What Can I say about Edinburgh Zoo? It’s a cracking day out - especially if the weather is good.
It may be expensive, but that’s what you expect for a zoo. How else are you expecting the animals to get fed? Throw everyone that complains to them?!?
As for parking being expensive - i’m pretty sure you can park on the greenway between 10 a.m and 4:40 p.m. (I’d check that out first though - my memory is starting to go a little.)
It is a bit hilly which can be tiring - especially if you’re as unfit as I am.
Saying that, the animals make it worthwhile - even though some of them can be quite elusive. The majestic polar bear, the cute penguins, the monkeys, the lions, the rhinos and more monkeys.
Get yourself there - it’s a great day out…
I have mixed feelings about the zoo, there is no doubt it has a great collection of animals and the new enclosures they are building are wonderful, but I can’t get passed seeing the spectacular seaeagle in a cage barely big enough for it to stretch it’s wings.
There is lots of information available on the animals and it’s a good day out for the family. There are a lot of hands-on sections for children which is good too.
There are alot of places to sit and have a picnic, restaurants too but they are a bit pricey.
It’s fairly easy to get to, just a walk from haymarket (or a bus), prebook on weekends because the queues can be terrible.
All in all it is nice to see the animals but they need to work on some of the enclosures.
The first house I ever lived in was behind Edinburgh Zoo!! I now live in Norwich. Edinburgh Zoo still remains my favourite Zoo I’ve been to. They enclosures are well sized for the inhabitants and conservation-wise, the Zoo is a notable site.
I went to the zoo with my daughter who quickly became tired of the hills. She wanted to see the animals so quickly but there isnt any form of hire equipment. The animals themselves are welll looked after and there was plenty to see. Prices vary at the food sites and i would recommened a packed lunch.
Edinburgh zoo has everything you could want from a zoo. The animals are well cared for, the enclosures are clean and a good size for the animals. The animals themselves look happy and cared for. The only problem I had was finding it. The first sign post for the zoo is 1/4 mile from the entrance.
I got married here in 1985 !!! Yes I really did but it’s not as bizarre as it sounds - I was a member of the Royal Zooalogical Society Of Scotland & had access to the Mansionhouse in the grounds which was beautiful and had real benefits & I had the ceremony & reception there. As a member I was able to go whenever I wanted which was great with small kids for an hour or so. I dont live in Edinburgh anymore but I’m sure it’s still great.
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