Edinburgh Zoo – An Exceptional Attraction

No matter what your age, a trip to the Edinburgh Zoo is always a treat. The Edinburgh Zoo has a reputation for being the largest wildlife attraction in Scotland and it is not only committed to the protection, comfort and preservation of the animals that it houses, but also to education of the public, and continued conservation of animals in the wild. Edinburgh Zoo states that its mission is to "inspire and excite visitors… to promote the conservation of threatened species and habitats" and a trip to this impressive facility will certainly make you want to save the animals of the world. Home to more than 1000 interesting animals, the Edinburgh Zoo not only makes for a fascinating outing but also gets you acquainted with some of the world’s rarest and most interesting animal species.

The Edinburgh Zoo enjoys a beautiful park-like setting and is situated on the outskirts of the city of Edinburgh. Here the sprawling facility is separated into animal enclosures, children’s play areas, gift shops, restaurants and public walk areas. The Zoo can be reached by train, bus or car and regularly hosts a number of activities and events to increase public attention and further draw people to the plight of many of the world’s endangered animal species. The two-hour trail will take you past the more common selection of animals each of which have been put in specially designed enclosures to ensure the highest possible standards of animal welfare. The conservation trail will make you more aware about necessity of meaningful nature conservation while the rainy weather trail will keep you as dry as possible during bad weather whilst still enabling you to see a selection of great animals. For those with disabilities such as wheelchairs and walkers, the disabilities trail enables easy movement. A free hilltop safari ride will take visitors to the top of the hill where they can look down over the zoo while the zoo restaurant is the perfect place to quench a thirst or replenish an appetite.

The Edinburgh Zoo is scheduled for a massive re-development which will take place over the next twenty years so you may find that some of the displays and facilities may be inaccessible while you visit. This is kept to a minimum but unfortunately is unavoidable. However, the re-development of the zoo will serve to benefit everyone, including both the visitors and the animals and will certainly help to see this important facility through well into the future.

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