UK: Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland

It’s my birthday, it’s my birthday. IT’S MY BIRTHDAY!! And it doesn’t matter who you are and how old you are, the zoo will always be a great day out – and that is what we did today!

The weather wasn’t looking too great but luckily the umbrella wasn’t needed in the end, despite it raining previously in the day. We did come prepared for this, it is Scotland after all!

Upon arrival, we were greeted and given our entrance tickets and also tickets to see the Giant Panda Exhibition. Edinburgh Zoo is home to the only Giant Pandas in the UK, so it was made extra special by that fact. But we’ll get to that a bit more later…

The first animals we saw were the Meerkats, but as you can imagine due to the weather, they were all tucked indoors, but still visibly cute through the glass windows.

We then came across the Pelican walk-through, and then on to the Painted Hunting Dogs, who turn out to have a lot in common with me! (see below photo)

So if you don’t already know, I love Penguins. Not quite sure why, but they do have a certain appeal. So you can imagine the feels I had when we came to the Penguin Rocks! Sadly they weren’t swimming in the water, but they were all up on the rocks. They’re just there chilling, so cool! How could you not love them?

The king penguin in the photo at the top on below, is the world’s only knighted penguin, Brigadier Sir Nils Olav J!

Koala Territory, far from their natural habitat in this glum weather, but it was James’ first sight of a Koala so it was another highlight of the visit. The information boards are often have a funny side to them which is always great to read. This cute Koala apparently has a feisty streak and can get fidgety when handled (again like me!)

By the time midday had come, I was so eager to see the Pandas, practically dragging

James to the meeting spot. We were a little early but luckily the Monkey House was right next to it. We weren’t there long, but long enough to see a very agressive and hilarious monkey fight! It was easy to see who the protagonist was here, but the bigger monkey wasn’t having any nonsense!

The time had now finally come to see the Giant Panda Exhibition. Only two are housed here, the female is called Tian Tian (Sweetie) and the male is Yang Guang (Sunshine).

Both Pandas have separate indoor and outdoor enclosures, as giant pandas are entirely solitary animals that only meet during breeding season once a year.

Did you know? Female pandas can choose when they want to be pregnant – as in they can carry their egg inside until they feel they’re ready to produce.

As you can already guess, the Pandas were indoors. Sadly one was sleeping and the other was partly hidden away. It would’ve been great to see them moving outdoors so it was a little disappointing, but I guess you can’t argue with where they want to be! We were still overly happy to be that close to one to begin with.

Overall, we really enjoyed going to the Zoo, and seeing the Pandas made it that extra bit special, especially because they’re the only ones in the UK. Although we didn’t see everything and the weather wasn’t great, it’s also another reason to come back, especially if the Pandas breed and create a baby cub!

Disclaimer: we were given complimentary entry and panda exhibition tickets, but as always, all photos and opinions are our own. 

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  1. Emma Langlands
    March 12, 2017 / 8:10 pm

    Aww Edinburgh zoo just reminds me of when I was younger!! I loved going with the school!! You have slme great pics, and brought back memories!' Thanks for sharing xox

  2. Corinne & Kirsty
    March 12, 2017 / 8:15 pm

    Edinburgh zoo looks like a lovely zoo. Need to go back to Edinburgh to visit it 🙂 xKirstywww.corinneandkirsty.com

  3. Laura Cartwright
    March 12, 2017 / 8:23 pm

    Aww I'm so jealous this looked like so much fun! I adore animals and I love going to sanctuarys and nature reserves, all the animals look so cute. Happy belated birthday by the way!Laura xowww.wartsandallweb.wordpress.com

  4. Ashley Relton
    March 12, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I adore going to zoos and any animal sanctuary's (as long as they're ethical) and it looks like you've had a fabulous visit!Happy belated birthday, it was my birthday this week too!Ashley xhttps://ashlexyz.wordpress.com/

  5. Linda
    March 12, 2017 / 8:30 pm

    Happy belated birthday!! I had no idea pandas were solitary – you learn something new everyday! you look like you had a fun time and it made for some great photographs. I'd love to visit Edinburgh someday whether that be for the zoo or just the city itself! Linda howlindycsit.co.uk

  6. Elle-Grace Deveson
    March 13, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Wow, these photos are absolutely incredible, so talented! Happy belated birthday lovely, I hope you had a amazing day. I'm so jealous, this zoo and all the animals looks so beautiful. XoElle – https://ellegracedeveson.wordpress.com/

  7. Ashlee Mo
    March 15, 2017 / 12:02 am

    Love these photos! I haven't been to the zoo for a while and its definitely my favourite place. Will have to take a trip to Edinburgh Zoo this year!Ashleeashleemoyo.com

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