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Europe's largest outdoor penguin pool!

Penguins Rock

Visit our famous colony in Europe's largest outdoor penguin pool!

Avian Influenza Prevention Update - 28/02/17

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.  


The main pool is Europe's largest outdoor penguin pool at 65 metres long and 3.5 metres deep at it's deepest point, containing 1.2 million litres of water. The new enclosure features lowered perimeters to help make visitors feel closer to the birds. Enhanced viewing areas have also been created with interactive interpretation using feathers, nesting rings, parasols and eggs. Mock sandy beaches and rocky areas add great visual touches, but also provide the birds with different textures that are perfect for their feet. Visitors can also see the birds have fun with a beautiful stone waterfall feature, a water shoot in the shallow end of the pool, and a diving board made out of carved rock. Don't miss the famous penguin parade!

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