Visit our famous colony in Europe's largest outdoor penguin pool!
Avian Influenza Prevention Update - 05/01/17
Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in Scotland on 6 December 2016, RZSS has taken the precaution of closing all walk-through aviaries until the restrictions are lifted. We have also temporarily suspended the Penguin Parade and have put in place increased biosecurity measures in line with Scottish Government recommendations.
This prevention zone has now been extended until 28 February 2017. Please keep an eye on our website for further updates as this date is subject to change.
Animal welfare is our number one concern and we will always take precautions to minimise risk to our animals. The penguins will still be available to view from outside the enclosure and underwater viewing areas.
The main pool is Europe's largest outdoor penguin pool at 65 metres long and 3.5 metres deep at it's deepest point, containing 1.2 million litres of water. The new enclosure features lowered perimeters to help make visitors feel closer to the birds. Enhanced viewing areas have also been created with interactive interpretation using feathers, nesting rings, parasols and eggs. Mock sandy beaches and rocky areas add great visual touches, but also provide the birds with different textures that are perfect for their feet. Visitors can also see the birds have fun with a beautiful stone waterfall feature, a water shoot in the shallow end of the pool, and a diving board made out of carved rock. Don't miss the famous penguin parade!