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Summer in the City
The sun is shining, keepers have kicked off their boots and donned flip flops and grass skirts, kids are busy building sand castles and Dillon the three banded armadillo is scurrying, digging and tickling unsuspecting toes in the sand, whilst Diloris the bearded dragon is soaking ups the sun’s rays; but they’re not at Portobello or some tropical destination – they’re at Edinburgh Zoo’s beach in the city!
There’s also a panda prowling and a penguin playing on the main lawn, but don’t worry, they haven’t escaped – they are part of the Sand Zoo! A one-horned Indian rhino, a laughing chimpanzee and a sleepy koala also feature in the massive three metre high sand sculpture that was unveiled today at Edinburgh Zoo (Friday 12th July).
Opening to members of the public from Friday 12th July, Sand Zoo features a life-size sand sculpture created by renowned sand sculptures Sand in Your Eye and a beach in the city. Sponsored by holiday company Thomson, the beach in the city measures 12 metres by 12 metres and is dotted with parasols and deck chairs, as well as spades and buckets for kids to play with. Located on the main lawn outside of the Mansion House, visitors can now bask in the wonderful warm summer weather without leaving Edinburgh.
Jo Paulson, Events Executive for Edinburgh Zoo, says:
“We’re delighted to unveil our unique Sand Zoo today, complete with sculpture and beach. A really memorable way to celebrate 100 years of Edinburgh Zoo and commemorate some of our most well-known animal species, the sand sculpture is absolutely amazing to see and involves so much fine detail, from fur on the chimpanzee, to the pads on the panda’s feet. Visitors have enjoyed watching its creation over the past week and now they can see the finished art work and relax on our beach under the shade of a parasol!”
Kathryn Ward, Director of Retail & Financial Services for Thomson, explains the collaboration:
“We’re really pleased to have been able to partner with Edinburgh Zoo on this project. We know that great beaches are a key part of many customers’ holidays and it’s fantastic that visitors to the zoo can get a piece of this through the sculpture and the ‘beach in the city’ creation. We’re sure that people will love the experience.”
The Sand Zoo is expected to stay at Edinburgh Zoo until the end of August and is free with zoo admission.
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