Zoos in Scotland

Zoos in ScotlandWith a recent report stating that visitor numbers are up at some of Scotlands zoos, it is a great time to take the family for a day out at a Scottish zoo. Scotland has a number of zoo facilities ranging from the large Edinburgh Zoo to small rare breeds parks and open farms. Here are a few of Scotland’s zoos and animal parks.

Some of Scotland’s Zoos:

Edinburgh Zoo

Probably the widest range of species in any of the main animal parks of Scotland, Edinburgh zoo really does make for a great day out, even in the depths of winter there is loads to see at the zoo in Edinburgh. All the big animals you would expect at a large city zoo are here and the kids love it. In December 2012, 2 giant pandas arrived at Edinburgh Zoo and it is hoped they will be a giant attraction. This is the only place in the UK where the public can see giant pandas. Ensure you pre-book your tickets at the Edinburgh Zoo website and pre-book a viewing time so you know when you’ll get to see the pandas.
http://www.edinburghzoo.org.uk/

Blair Drummond Safari Park

Open through the summer months, Blair Drummond is a great family day out. At the time of visiting the sea lion show was probably the main attraction but with all the large animals, rides and playparks there is a lot to choose from.
http://www.blairdrummond.com/

Highland Wildlife Park

Between Kingussie and Aviemore the Highland Wildlife Park is a combined safari/enclosure animal park. Visitors can choose to drive round a natural habitat safari road to spot some of the breeds here before parking up and visiting a number of native original species and newer large breeds from overseas.
http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org/

Camperdown Zoo

Camperdown has long been synonymous for it’s Bears and they are there in a considerably improved enclosure to the one they had a number of years ago. THere’s plenty of up-close viewing of animals with some family favourites like lemurs.
http://www.camperdownpark.com/

Auchingarrich Wildlife Park

Just south of Comrie, Perthshire is a spectacular spot filled with a large number of species including meerkats, ostrich and others. Great views across Strathearn from here.
http://www.auchingarrich.co.uk/

Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World

http://www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk/

Deep Sea World

Scotland’s National Aquarium at North Queensferry boasts the UK’s longest underwater viewing tunnel.
http://www.deepseaworld.com/

St Andrews Aquarium

Another location to see underwater life.
http://www.standrewsaquarium.co.uk/

Sea Life Loch Lomond

An aquarium at Loch Lomond
http://www.visitsealife.com/Loch-lomond/