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Zoo Nights acts and entertainment

Zoo Nights Science StationsDNA Daiquiris

Join our WildGenes scientists to see how to extract the DNA from a strawberry daiquiri. Why not ask about the groundbreaking DNA analysis they undertake while you're there? Then pop along to the Edinburgh Gin bar round the corner to get a drinkable cocktail!

Zoo Nights Carnival RidesCarnival rides and games

Hop on board the animal themed Carousel or get a bird's eye view of the Zoo from the Ferris Wheel. Find out if you're strong (like a rhino) on the Striker; step into the shoes of a keeper and feed the animals in the beanbag toss; check your accuracy (like a bird of prey) in the penguin skittle toss. 

Zoo Nights Silent Disco

Silent Disco

Shake your tail feathers at the silent disco! 


Lewis Barlow - The Evolution of Magic (26 May) 

Have you ever wondered how magicians evolve? Find out while Lewis Barlow demonstrates several of his secret ingredients in his astonishing show, from advanced sleight of hand to multiple mind-reading. Discover why his multi-award winning magic has earned him an international reputation in this rare insight into the world of the professional magician.

“Phenomenal, jaw-dropping magic from a consummate performer” The List
“A scintillating display. Barlow provides a great mixture of simplicity and style in his magic. He had the crowd in the palm of his hands.” Edinburgh Evening News

Zoo Nights Magic ShowKevin Quantum - Black Box (2, 9 and 23 June) 

Enter the exotic space where magic and science meet - live on stage. Having spent the first ten years of his adult life completely immersed in Physics and the next ten in magic, Kevin is the most likely the only person on the planet who’s reached the required 10,000 hours needed to make you an ‘expert’ – in both areas. Magic is real. And Kevin will prove it to you.


“The art of deception demonstrated perfectly” - ***** ThreeWeeks
“Astonishing” ***** Edinburgh Evening News
“Superbly imaginative, clever and wonder-filled show” **** TV Bomb   


Zoo Nights Stilt WalkersStilt Walkers

Circus Scotland will be joining in the entertainment with their animal themed stilt walking extravaganza. 


Zoo Nights 360 Virtual Reality360 Degree Zoo

Don a fetching Google cardboard headset and look completely normal as you step into the Budongo Field Project in Uganda, play in the meerkat ball pool or go swimming with the penguins (own smart phones required). Hear all about the work from Uganda from the team at RZSS. 

Zoo Nights Camera Trap QuizCaught on Camera

Battle your friends in this quiz as you become field researchers analysing camera trap footage of snow leopards. Hear about the conservation work RZSS does with this magnificent species, as well as other cats both big and small.

Zoo Nights Fortune TellerConservation Fortune Teller

Do you want to find out your future? What about the future of animals and their habitats? Step inside our mystical boudoir to find out.

Zoo Nights Creepy CrawliesCreepy Crawlies

Come see our inverts at the Creepy Crawlies stall for the chance to learn more about these animals here at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo from the keepers who look after them.

Zoo Nights ZIMSAnimals have social media too!

Take part in our interactive science station to discover how animals "check in" when they move to different Zoos across the world, how they "update their profile", and how they "swipe left, or right" to find a mate. The worldwide Zoo equivalent database ZIMS is a fantastic resource for animal registrars to use.

Zoo Nights Wild about Scotland BusWild About Scotland bus

Jump on board our Wild About Scotland bus for interactive activities all about Scotland’s Natural History. (23 June only)


Zoo Nights Keeper TalksZoo Nights Talks Programme 

We'll have a packed schedule of keeper talks for you to hear all about the animals in the Zoo. Full details will be available on the event map, which you can get hold of on the night.

 And don't forget there is also the chance to explore your iconic city zoo after-hours too! For more information and too book tickets, please use the links  in the section below: