I've wanted to visit Edinburgh Zoo for many years but have absolutely no idea why. With hindsight I've visited better zoos with far more interesting animals but there's just something wonderful about the city that I built the experience up in my head to be something almost magical!
Whilst in Edinburgh to see The Gaslight Anthem at the Corn Exchange I made plans for a friend and I to spend the following day at the zoo. I pre-booked tickets and a time slot to visit Yang Guang and Tian Tian, the UK's only giant pandas. Naturally they were fast asleep when we visited because I'd booked a time slot right after their lunch. Doh!
Being winter, a lot of the concession stands and food places were closed and everyone was wrapped up warmly. There weren't too many people there (possibly because it was bloody freezing and it rained on and off most of the day!) which meant it was easy to get round and see all the animals.
My favourite animals are the primates; I could stand and watch the squirrel monkeys for hours! I also loved the penguins and watching a few of them waddle past us on their daily Penguin Parade was a highlight of the day.
All in all Edinburgh Zoo was a great day out; there's lots of relevant and easy to read information about the animals, their natural habitats, conservation work and the zoo in general, but it isn't overwhelming. The zoo is situated on a steep incline so it might not be the first choice for those with limited mobility but the views from the top for those who are able are well worth it!
You can find out more about the zoo via their website and you can even watch some of the animals via live feed cameras. My favourite is squirrel monkey cam!
Well, one down and 39 to go. I wonder what I'll be able to check off the list next...? Have you visited Edinburgh Zoo? Let me know what you thought and don't forget enter my BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY.