Plan Your Visit to Edinburgh Zoo
We are open every day of the year, including Christmas Day, from 9am until:
|6.00pm||April - Sept.|
|5.00pm||Oct. & March|
|4.30pm||Nov. - Feb.|
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On Sunday 4 December 2011 our two Giant Pandas arrived on a 10 year loan from China. Viewing the pandas is free but time ticketed, book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.
Our Giant Pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang are a potential breeding pair and we are hopeful that during thier time here they will breed successfully.
The female, Tian Tian was born on 24 August 2003 and her name translates to 'Sweetie' in Chinese. She has previously given birth to twins however she has not bred with Yang Guang our male panda.
The male, Yang Guang (pictured) was born 10 days earlier on 14 August 2003 and his name means 'sunshine'. He is described as a good-natured gentle giant by his keepers.
The two pandas will feel very much at home in Edinburgh. Unlike other Zoos around the world where the environment for the giant pandas needs to be created, the climate in Edinburgh is very similar to that in their native habitat in Sichuan Province. Bamboo will grow well here and the temperature and conditions will suit them well.
They are located behind the penguin enclosure.
Giant Panda Partnership
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), owners of Edinburgh Zoo have embarked on a world class project. Between 2011 and 2021 the zoo will undertake a world first research project to reintroduce giant pandas into the wild, alongside a host of other research, education and conservation programmes both here in the UK and in China.
You can find out more about this project by visiting www.rzsspanda.org.uk