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Edinburgh Zoo FAQ

Updated on March 10, 2010
Lion at Edinburgh Zoo
Lion at Edinburgh Zoo

The Frequently Asked Questions

A trip to Edinburgh Zoo is always excellent. This article has answers to the majority of the Frequently Asked Questions, to help you obtain the best from your visit.

Is there a best time to arrive at Edinburgh Zoo?

You'll most likely require the whole day if you are going to see everything - so get there early - the Zoo opens from 9am. Otherwise, different activities occur throughout the day - so it will depend on what you would like to see - check the web site. The renowned Penguin Parade is usually at 2:15 so make sure that you are in time to see that.

Is there somewhere to stay close to the zoo?

Yes - there is a Holiday Inn right on the doorstep - with parking. Alternatively, there are a lot of other hotels near Edinburgh Zoo.

What animals can i find at Edinburgh Zoo?

You can find a large range of creatures to view at Edinburgh Zoo - far too many to list here, however a few of the highlights are: Anteaters, Lions, Leopards, Armadillos, Porcupines, Monkeys, Chimpanzees, Zebras, Rhinos, Jaguars, Tapirs, Wolves, Sea Lions, Koalas, Penguins and Camels. The zoo used to have a Polar Bear (but this was transferred to the Highland Wildlife Park) and doesn't currently have any Giraffes or Elephants.

Where have the giraffes gone in Edinburgh Zoo?

They were transferred to Givskud Zoo in Denmark in 2004 and are taking part in their breeding programme. The giraffe enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo has been redeveloped for rhinos.

Will it be possible for me to take my dog to Edinburgh Zoo?

Sorry, only guide-dogs are permitted in the zoo to reduce the stress to the animals.

How can I find Edinburgh Zoo's internet site?

When is Edinburgh Zoo open to the public?

The Zoo is actually open every single day of the year - including Christmas Day! It opens at 9am every day, and shuts at 6pm April - September, 5pm October and March, and 4:30 pm November to February.

What should I wear?

It depends on the season (and the weather). In summer time, the weather may be fairly warm (tee shirt and shorts or equivalent). However there is always the possibility of rain, so either take something water resistant, or enjoy the indoor exhibits till the shower goes by. In winter it will be chilly, and possibly windy / raining, so warm, waterproof clothes will be needed. On most spring or autumn days you'll want a sweatshirt or a fleece at some stage. Whatever season it is, ensure you have good footwear for walking - there's lots of walking at Edinburgh zoo - and it is constructed on a large hill as well - so trainers or walking boots are usually a good choice.

How do I get there?

Lothian Buses numbers 12, 26 and 31 (all from Princes Street) will get you to the Zoo. If you're going by car - put the postcode EH12 6TS into your SatNav, and that will guide you there. There's lots of car parking on most days.

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