Animals & Attractions

There are two vulturine guineafowl living in the African Aviary here at Edinburgh Zoo - Phillip and Anne.

Anne hatched here at the zoo in 2014 and was joined by Phillip who also hatched in 2014 and arrived in Edinburgh in 2018. 

Phillip has a reputation for being a little grumpy and has been known to take a disliking to some of our hoofstock keepers who go into the enclosure to look after our herd of Kirk's dik-dik (a small antelope species who share the African Aviary).

You can help feed and care for Phillip, Anne and threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • Vulturine guineafowl get their name from their bald head and neck, which is similar to a vulture's

  • They can survive for long periods without drinking and are able to get all the liquids they need from their food

  • Although they can fly well, they spend most of their time on the ground and prefer to run rather than fly

  • They are able to call to each other over long distances, both to warn of danger and call the flock together to roost

How we're helping

Our guineafowl are part of the European Endangered Species Programme.

As a wildlife conservation charity, we both care for the animals in our zoo and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

Find out more about our conservation projects.

Get free visits and much more!

Become an RZSS member and receive a whole host of benefits while helping to care for animals around the world.

Can you support our Survival Fund?

Every month, we need thousands of pounds just to feed and care for the animals you love. If you can, please help your zoo survive long into the future by giving a donation today.

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