Animals & Attractions

The Giant Panda Exhibit

RZSS Edinburgh Zoo is home to the only giant pandas in the UK. The female is called Tian Tian (Sweetie) and the male is Yang Guang (Sunshine).

Both pandas have identical, but separate, enclosures as giant pandas are entirely solitary animals that only meet once a year during the breeding season.

The outdoor enclosures feature tree trunks for the pandas to scratch against and climb; large wooden climbing frames and tree houses; caves and ponds.

Each panda also has an off show area where keepers weigh the pandas each morning, carrying out important daily training.

Visitor notice - July 2019

12 July 2019 - We are giving both pandas time to get used to their new surroundings and will be gradually opening outdoor viewing to the public over the next few weeks. Indoor viewing will remain closed as they settle in.

Click here to see the first pictures of Yang Guang in his new home

In the meantime, we will keep our website updated and panda cam is up and running so you can see how Tian Tian is getting on at: https://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/webcams/panda-cam/

Visiting the Giant Pandas

  • * Please note that there is currently no requirement to book a viewing time slot for pandas. A free flow system is in place during this time.

  • * Due to any unforeseen animal welfare issues animal exhibits may be closed to visitors without notice and at anytime

  • * No flash photography is allowed in the giant panda exhibit. Please make sure you know how to turn your flash off.

  • * The pandas are active both day and night. As their activity patterns can vary each day and with the changing seasons, there is no guarantee that they will be active at a particular time

  • * For further information about visiting Edinburgh Zoo, including maps, directions and accommodation options, please visit our Visitor Information page

  • * Don't forget you can save when you book in advance online!
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Watch our panda videos

  • 01 - Birthday boy Yang Guang celebrates at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo

    To celebrate Yang Guang's 12th birthday, keepers made him a large ice-cake to wish him a ‘bear-y’ happy birthday.

  • 02 - Playtime for Yang Guang!

    Yang Guang shows off his playful side, having great fun with a special giant boomer ball!

  • 03 - Tian Tian has a ball!

    Tian Tian

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