Edinburgh Zoo


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Edinburgh Zoo's greatest claim to kids' attention is the Penguin Parade. It's scheduled for 2.15pm daily (Apr-Aug) subject to the penguins' attitudes; given that one of them, Sir Nils Olav, has an honorary knighthood, attitudes have to be respected. The zoo has maintained a self-sustaining penguin colony for nearly a century; it's now the largest in Europe.

But if Nils and the gang won't play, there should be something else to take the eye. Wow-factor mammals include chimpanzees, rhinos and pygmy hippos; in 2008, the zoo pulled off a conservation coup by breeding a Grevy's zebra (called Flo), a species that's endangered in the wild. There are several play areas for children, plus two cafés and several kiosks.

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Edinburgh Zoo details

Corstorphine Road,

Area West

Transport Bus 12, 26, 31

Telephone 0131 334 9171

Edinburgh Zoo website

Open Apr-Sept 9am-6pm daily. Oct-Mar 9am-4.30pm daily.

Admission £14; £9.50-£12 discounts; free under-3s; £29-£50 family.

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