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Edinburgh Zoo

April 21st, 2013 | Posted by admin in Events

Set in 82 acres, the Zoo is home to over 1000 different animals including dogs, lions, wolves, anteaters, bears, sea lions, monkeys, deer, birds and the only Koala bears in Britain amongst their huge collection of wonderful creatures. There are also penguins, which take part in a parade every day at 2.15pm where they stroll round the park accompanied by a zoo keeper who will talk the crowds through the penguin’s daily life. Admission costs £12.40 for adults and £8.80 for children.

Visiting Edinburgh Zoo and the Giant Pandas

We hope you have a great day out with us and would like to highlight the following:

Viewing Arrangements

  • Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable
  • Numbers for each viewing session are limited so pre-booking is essential
  • Viewing the Edinburgh Zoo Giant Pandas is free but ticketed.
  • Groups will be led through the viewing areas every 10mins.
  • It will take approximately 20 minutes to see the panda experience.
  • In extreme weather conditions we may have to close Edinburgh Zoo.
  • Due to any unforeseen animal welfare issues viewing sessions may be suspended without notice.
  • During certain points of the day, the pandas will be taken off-show for short periods of time. We will alternate this so there is always one panda on-show.
  • Children under 3 years are admitted free to Edinburgh Zoo but must be booked into a panda time slot
  • All Giant Panda viewing slot tickets have to be printed before coming to the Zoo. Print must be clearly legible. Please Note: There are no printing facilities at Edinburgh Zoo
  • Online Tickets must be bought by midnight on the day before your intended visit and used on the day selected at the time of purchase.
  • No flash photography is allowed whilst in the panda experience.

Edinburgh Zoo’s Giant Pandas
Ailuropoda melanoleuca
In January 2011 an historic agreement was signed
between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
(RZSS), and the Chinese Wildlife Conservation
Organisation (CWCA) for the gift of two giant pandas to
Edinburgh Zoo. This was witnessed by Deputy Prime
Minister, Nick Clegg MP and the Vice Premier of China,
Li Keqiang. The project represents the culmination of
five years of political and diplomatic negotiation at the
highest level by a team of people from RZSS. They will
be the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years
and are a potential breeding pair.
Tian Tian 甜甜
Tian Tian is our female panda. Her name means sweet, however when repeated in Chinese it
emphasises the original word therefore ‘sweetie’ is the best way to say this. She was born on 24
August 2003 in Beijing. She was then transferred to the breeding centre in Wolong before moving to
Bifengxia panda breeding centre based outside Ya’an near the city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province.
She has previously given birth to twins however she has not bred with Yang Guang the male panda
we are receiving.
Thoughts on Tian Tian from Alison McLean, RZSS Head Panda Keeper
“Tian Tian is quiet and appears quite reserved and eats very slowly and delicately, however this
ladylike image hides a mischevious side and she will have a swipe at you if you are not careful. She
is also quite fussy with her food and so far we have had to cut fresh bamboo for her daily. She
spends every day almost in the same routine but will respond to her keeper calling to her and will
come in when asked, especially if panda cake or carrot is on offer. Sometimes she participates in her
training and sometimes she doesn’t. I have seen her climbing a large tree outside though she didn’t
stay up it. She appears to be a Panda of great character and very smart.”
Yang Guang 阳光-
Yang Guang means ‘sunshine’ and he was born on 14 August 2003 in
Wolong. He was then moved to Panyu Zoo in the Guangdong
Province, before moving to a facility in Inner Mongolia. In March 2011
he moved to the same location in Bifengxia as Tian Tian.
Thoughts on Yang Guang by Alison McLean
“He participates in his training every time and will allow keepers very
close with no aggression. He absolutely loves his food especially
large and thick bamboo canes and if eating them outside he will ignore
all else. He loves to be outdoors even in the heavy rain, though once
eaten he likes to climb into his basket for a snooze. He appears to
explore more than Tian Tian and is very patient. In essence he is a
gentle giant.”About Giant P

Opening Times

Apr. to Sep.

9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Oct. and Mar.

9.00 am – 5.00 pm

Nov. to Feb.

9.00 am – 4.30 pm

Last entry 1 hr before close.

The following Lothian Buses pass the Zoo every few minutes:

Service 12 & X12 : Leith – City Centre – Zoo – Gyle – Ingliston Park & Ride – Ratho

(Please note: The X12 only operates Monday to Friday during peak times and on public holidays.)

Service 26 : Seton Sands/Tranent – Portobello – City Centre – Zoo – Clerwood

Service 31 : Bonnyrigg – City Centre – Zoo – East Craigs

All Lothian Buses are now low-floor and fully accessible for wheelchairs and foldable buggies. For more information, including times and fares, please visit

Other Services:

100 Airlink: The Airlink is another popular service which also passes the Zoo every few minutes on its journey between the Airport and the City Centre. Visit for full details and fares.

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