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Penguin Parade!


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. 


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.

Please Note:

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.