Following the Scottish Government’s announcement of an Avian Influenza Prevention Zone in Scotland on 6 December 2016, RZSS has taken various precautions in line with Scottish Government recommendations. This prevention zone has now been extended until 30 April 2017.
While restrictions are still in place, the guidance has been amended from 1 March 2017 and in line with this we are planning the following:
Penguins Rock will re-open and there will be disinfectant foot mats in place for visitors
Penguin Parade will remain suspended until all restrictions are lifted
Brilliant Birds will remain closed until all restrictions are lifted. The front hall exhibiting fish, leaf-cutter ants and amphibians will remain open.
Pelican walkthrough will re-open with disinfectant foot mats in place at entry/exit gates.
Animal welfare is our number one concern at Edinburgh Zoo and we will always take precautions to minimise risk to our animals, in line with best available Scottish Government and DEFRA advice. Keep an eye on our website for further updates as the situation is subject to change.
Location: Penguins Rock
No visit to Edinburgh Zoo is complete without seeing our famous penguin parade!
Find out more about our King, Gentoo and Rockhopper colonies whilst any penguins who fancy a stroll, leave their enclosure and walk around the parade route with their keepers.
The parade is very popular so we would advise arriving in plenty of time to get a good vantage point around the parade route.
The penguin parade is run on an entirely voluntary basis. It is the penguins choice to take part, we do not encourage them with food. Unfortunately this does mean that occasionally the parade is cancelled if they do not wish to go out.