It’s that time of year again when we grab our lab coats, dig out our magnifying glasses and gather our inquisitive minds for two weeks of science at Edinburgh Zoo!
This year, we're ready to connect in person and online with a range of zoo events at this year's Edinburgh Science Festival. Join us for a wild quiz night, QR code hunt or one of our conservation talks this summer.
Our Science Festival events
Become an eco-detective at Edinburgh Zoo! Grab your hat and spyglass and join the detective trail following clues revealing how we can help to protect our natural world.
Free with Edinburgh Zoo admission.
The Budongo Trail
Missed our Championing our Chimps event!? Fear not! Bring your binoculars (and your smartphone) as you track down QR codes through Edinburgh Zoo's Budongo Trail and uncover the secrets of the forest throughout the Festival.
Free with Edinburgh Zoo admission.
Animals Around the World
Join us for a virtual adventure with games and challenges about animals from around the world! From the chimps of Africa to the bears of Asia, you’ll discover more about species of the natural world and those we care for at Edinburgh Zoo. This fun-filled session is suitable for all age groups. Don’t miss out!
All About the Attitude
Rise to the challenge and compete against others in our All About Attitude mission! Hosted live from Edinburgh Zoo, expect an hour packed full of creative tasks and missions to help save the planet! Whether in a team or partaking individually, these activities are ideal for families and community groups!
One World Waste Workshop
Does your recycling need a new life? Join our interactive workshop, get creative and think outside the (cereal) box about the world’s waste and what we can do to help! Learn just how important your part is and discover ways to make recycling fun! Ideal for families, community groups and friends.
The Wildest Quiz in Town!
Join us for a quiz night like no other! Create a team or go solo and see if you can make it onto our Edinburgh Science Festival leaderboard! With rounds such as ‘What’s in their zoo fridge?’ and ‘Observation Animal’, why not join us for your social or get the whole family together to put your knowledge to the test!
Edinburgh Zoo Virtual Tours
Fancy a trip to Edinburgh Zoo from the comfort of your home? Join one of our friendly Zoo Discovery Rangers as they take you on a customised tour of Edinburgh Zoo via Zoom, learn some new animal facts and explore behind the scenes. You can have your say on the route with our live voting function.
Ask the Experts at Edinburgh Zoo!
Ever fancied working at the Zoo? Want to find out what it’s like to be a Zoo Discovery Ranger? Join us live for a series of question and answer sessions and have the chance to ask the Edinburgh Zoo team what you’ve always wanted to know!
Championing our Chimps
Welcome to the jungle! What have an incredible forest, a leading research centre, and an award-winning enclosure got in common? Find out and join us online to meet the researchers from the Budongo Research Unit, conservationists from the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda and our very own Edinburgh Zoo keepers! This is a free Zoo-m event suitable for adults and young people to enjoy!
Women in Conservation and Science
Who runs the world? Get to know the fascinating leading ladies of conservation at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. Meet our wild experts, ask your burning questions, and hear them tell all about their experiences pioneering the protection of species in Scotland and beyond. This is a free Zoo-m event suitable for adults and young people!
CryoArks: Animal biobanking for research and conservation
On a mission to save endangered animals, museums and zoos across the country have teamed up to create a fascinating piece of technology to help harness species conservation. During this online event, you'll hear how National Museums Scotland and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland are partners in a UK-wide collaboration to create the Britain's first comprehensive zoological Biobank for research and conservation – The CryoArks Biobank.