So I suggested a weekend in Edinburgh to my friend Ailsa, what feels like months ago! So we excitedly planned our weekend of historical sight seeing, but when the zoo was suggested I think this is the part we both got the MOST excited about!
You can see day 1 of our Edinburgh trip here.
We booked in advance mainly because we wanted a panda time! The panda enclosure viewing area is quite small so they control visitors into this bit, so it is advisable to book your time ahead, there is no additional costs.
I love zoos, I'm really animal mad so any chance to see animals I wouldn't normally see I jump at it! I think these days zoos do amazing work and you feel like your money is contributing to the welfare and research of these animals.
The first animals you get to straight out of the gates are the Meerkats, they are so funny to watch. We then found a monkey pair and noticed the mother had a teeny baby on her back, she came right up to the glass to have her photo taken! aw!
Our Panda time was 11 am, but it was not too busy when we were there. We did only get to see 1 panda though, as the other was hiding! The one Panda we did see was mostly asleep, hehe.
I loved how these little Leemars were sleeping all huddled up together, it was a very cold scottish day! These guys are probably used to tropical rainforest or somewhere?
But the best thing was seeing in their little hut and these two pals were sharing their food nicely! aaaaargh! So nice of them to put the little lonely Pudu in with some pals, this makes me smile.
This huge Rhino guy was amazing, we watched him for ages. He walked right to the top of his massive enclosure just as he was walking back down and went inside, we were so excited, barging the little kids out of the way to get a good place! haha.
He was amazing to watch, SO huge! His skin looks like armour, doesn't look real, wow.
I made Ailsa walk all the way round his enclosure checking for his friends.... see me and zoos are never a good idea as I panic when animals look lonely or wander off from mothers etc. Don't EVER take me to a duck pond full of little ducklings, the stress is unbearable! hehe.
Aw this wee guy was super cute, he looks so much like a deer but was a breed of cow type thing (failed to read any signs! haha).
Spot the Koala, I was super excited about these guys! They don't do much, hehe, and sit in their trees really uncomfortably, well I'm sure it must be ok for them.
What do they make of us weirdos staring in at them???