Welcome to Edinburgh Zoo

Home to the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and more than 2,500 incredible animals.

King penguins Sir Nils Olav and Alfie walking together in enclosure facing camera Image: ALLIE MCGREGOR 2024

Opening hours

Wednesday 17 July

10am – 6pm


Location, parking, information and zoo map

Visit rain or shine!

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Zoo developments

News and temporary changes or closures

Linne's two-toed sloth Nico hanging upside down from rope. IMAGE: Rhiordan Langan-Fortune 2023

Meet the animals

Have an un-fur-gettable day out at Edinburgh Zoo, home to over 2,500 incredible animals from around the world! The zoo is a gateway to the natural world, where you can experience nature, learn about the challenges facing wildlife and discover how our wildlife conservation charity is working to save animals from extinction. 

Meet our animals

Join the herd!

Help the animals you love by becoming a member and enjoy wild days out at Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park!

By joining today, you help care for your favourite animals and protect vulnerable wildlife here in Scotland and around the world. With more than a million species at risk of extinction, your support is more vital than ever. 

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Our role in global conservation

By 2030 we will:

Young chimp named Ozzie in the Budongo forest in Uganda

IMAGE: Sian Addison 2019

Reverse the decline of 50 species

As our planet’s biodiversity declines at an alarming rate, modern-day zoos and wildlife conservation charities such as RZSS are more relevant than ever before. With your support, we can achieve our pledge to reverse the decline of at least 50 species, from pine hoverflies and wildcats in the Cairngorms National Park, to chimpanzees in Uganda, giant anteaters in Brazil and many more.

Mother and child walking up to tiger tracks holding hands IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022

Create stronger connections

Making nature more accessible is fundamental because people protect and value what they love and understand. Edinburgh Zoo is a gateway to the natural world through which people can learn about the challenges facing wildlife and how we can help save species from extinction. We pledge to create deeper connections with nature for more than a million people.

Summer school class IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022

Better protect nature

Stronger communities have a greater capacity to care for wildlife – and through our zoos and our global reach we can help people realise the mental and physical health and wellbeing benefits of being close to nature. This is why we are pledging to enable more than 100 communities to better protect nature. Now is the time to work more collaboratively than ever before.

Adult and child pointing to penguins in Penguins Rock IMAGE: Rachel Hein 2023

How you can help

Together, we can create a world where nature is protected, valued and loved.

More than a million animals are at risk of extinction. Nature needs us all now more than ever. Now is the time to act.

Your support will help protect the nature that you love today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

Ways to support

Our latest activity highlights

Swamp wallaby and joey IMAGE: Hannah Gordon (2024)

Get involved in our wild events

Upcoming events

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Asiatic lion Jayendra looking at the camera (eye contact). IMAGE: Laura Moore (2021)

Go behind-the-scenes to meet the animals you love

Bespoke Tours

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child peeking our of dinosaurs mouth IMAGE: Robin Mair 2022

Have a T-riffic day out

Dinosaurs! at Edinburgh Zoo

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