Animals & Attractions

The Giant Panda Exhibit

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 very similar, 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.

Please be aware indoor and outdoor viewing for any of our animals may be closed at short notice for health checks and welfare reasons.

Visiting the Giant Pandas

  • On the evening of Sunday 6 September, Yang Guang will be moving back to his old house for a few days while we make adjustments to our new giant panda enclosure, in line with the construction agreement.

    During this time he will not be on view to the public, though Tian Tian will remain at the new enclosure and has kindly agreed to cover Yang Guang’s panda cam duties. Please be aware both pandas have access to private areas which they can choose to spend time in during the day. We always recommend visiting different areas of the zoo at different times to have the best chance of seeing particular animals.

  • There is currently no requirement to book a viewing time slot for pandas.

  • 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

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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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