With 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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Edinburgh Butterfly and Insect World
Deep Sea World
Scotland’s National Aquarium at North Queensferry boasts the UK’s longest underwater viewing tunnel.
St Andrews Aquarium
Another location to see underwater life.
Sea Life Loch Lomond
An aquarium at Loch Lomond