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Year of the Snake at Edinburgh Zoo
Edinburgh Zoo is celebrating Chinese New Year and slithering and hissing can only mean one thing…snakes! After all, 2013 is the year of the snake. It’s time to wish Happy New Year to some of the Chinese species that call the Zoo home – most famously, giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang. Chinese New Year falls on Sunday 10th February, and the Budongo Trail at Edinburgh Zoo, in conjunction with the Confucius Institute for Scotland, will host special themed arts and crafts activities from 11am - 3pm.
The lunar year is the most important and widely celebrated of traditional Chinese holidays and, to honor the year of the snake, Edinburgh Zoo’s presentations team will be on hand in the Budongo Trail with a variety of snake species. Visitors can take the chance to get up close and personal with some slithery characters: including, corn snakes, Royal pythons, California king snakes and Nelson’s milk snakes. Not only will visitors have the chance to see and discover more these fascinating creatures up close, but they will also be able to touch and stroke them. From Royal pythons, the smallest of all pythons and the most friendly, to the Nelson’s milk snake, known for their brightly colored, banded markings.
Sarah Wright, Presentations Team Leader at Edinburgh Zoo, said:
“To celebrate Chinese New Year at the Zoo, we thought it would be great if our visitors could get a little closer to some of our more slithery residents as 2013 is the year of the snake.
“As well as a whole host of Chinese and snake themed arts and crafts activities, the public will be able to feel and touch a great variety of snakes too. Not many people have ever felt or been really close with snakes before, so if we have any visitors who have ever wondered what a snake feels like, it’s a great opportunity to find out!”
This event is free with Zoo admission.
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