Edinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913.
Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre.
Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out. You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities – ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters – and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas, a fantastic gift shop, free hilltop safari rides.
Edinburgh Zoo has 2 giant pandas: Tian Tian & Yang Guang.
A historic agreement was signed on January 10, 2011 to bring a breeding pair of giant pandas to Edinburgh Zoo. Yang Guang & Tian Tian arrived in Scotland on December 4, 2011.
Yang Guang (male) was born on August 14, 2003 at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Wolong.
He has studbook number 564.
His mother is Quan Quan (414) and his father is Pan Pan (308).
He has a twin sister, Xin Yue.
Tian Tian (female) was born on August 24, 2003 at the Beijing Zoo.
She has studbook number 569.
Her mother is Niu Niu (421) and her father is Ying Ying (369).
She gave birth to twins on August 7, 2009. Her male cub was named Shen Wei and her female cub Bo Si.
The pandas are housed in a specially refurbished enclosure which was formerly home to gorillas.
The enclosure offers a good mix of comfort for the pandas and visibility for the public.
Edinburgh Zoo welcomed Chinese delegates in October 2011 for the final inspection of Tian Tian & Yang Guang’s new homes.