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One for Animal lovers!
Member Name: rose1986
Advantages: Over 1,000 different species ~ Constantly improving the Zoo / enclosures etc ~ Great day out for all
Disadvantages: Zoo is built on a hill so can be quite tiring by the end of the day
I recently went to Edinburgh Zoo (beginning of August 2008) after not being there since I was child and was amazed to see how much it had changed. When I was last there as a child they had elephants and giraffe's but unfortunately they didn't have any when I went there more recently. However, they had plenty more animals, better exhibitions and I still had a great time!
Edinburgh Zoo is to the West of Edinburgh City Centre and takes about 10 minutes to get there on the bus from Princes Street. The Zoo opened in July 1913 and is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. The unfortunate thing about the Zoo is that it is built on a hill, so there is a lot of walking up hill which can be quite tiring! However, there are plenty of benches, snack bars, toilets and a café located for you to have a rest, as well as parks for children. I would recommend you allow a full day for the Zoo so that you don't feel rushed and can explore everything in your own time. I would also recommend you wear comfy shoes and you can buy waterproofs at the Zoo if it starts raining, which unfortunately it did when I was last there! I would also recommend you check what time they open and close as this varies depending on what season it is. The Zoo is even open on Christmas day! It cost me and my partner around £11.00 each for a full day pass which I think is reasonable. This included a small donation for the upkeep of the Zoo which you are asked if you would like to put in when you pay with the option to pull out.
The Zoo has around 1,000 different species which include Monkey's, Lions & Tigers, Leopards, Wolves, Birds etc. The animals are all in accessible enclosures so you can get really close to the animals and watch as they go about as they would in their natural habitat. As well as this, the Zoo has enclosures such as Rainbow Landings which they didn't have when I was younger. The enclosures have some activities for children to do which will help them learn about the species they are looking at.
The Zoo is also planning on expansion and have a book which you can look at whilst there showing you what it may be like in the future. The are aiming to get elephants back as well as giraffe's and to have them all in one area together, as they would be in the wild.
I loved the Zoo and found the staff to be polite and helpful, good price and a great day out, the park was clean and had the appropriate facilities. I cant wait to go back in a couple of years time!
Summary: Fun for all ages
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