It’s been around six years or more since we last visited Edinburgh Zoo, so it was good to be back and find out what’s new.
So, what’s new? Tiger Tracks!
Tiger Tracks is a new state of the art exhibit housing two Sumatran tigers, Jambi (male) and Baginda (female).
Tiger Tracks is more than three times the size of the previous Sumatran tiger enclosure and features a tunnel which the tigers walk over.
Sumatran tigers are the smallest of the subspecies of tiger and are only found on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. It is estimated that fewer than 400 of these tigers are left in the wild.
After our visit to Tiger Tracks we visited the Penguins Cafe which has a great view over Penguins Rock – a good tip if the weather is cold!
A quick coffee and an inch of brownie (love the idea of selling brownie by the inch!), and we made our way to the Budongo Lecture Theatre which currently houses a Creepy Crawlies exhibit.
There were various tanks with spiders, stick insects and all manner of other beasties. Our favourite feature was the orbs where you can stick your head inside a creepy crawly tank as if you were on ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’. The Creep Crawlies exhibit runs until the end of October.
The zoo is a lovely place just to have a wander, we discovered a lovely little garden with some gorgeous roses.
A wishing tree.
We also went for a close up view of the penguins. They had their bubble machine out and were very happy chasing all the bubbles.
Finally, despite being told that we may not be able to see the pandas as they were sleeping, we went along anyway on the off chance. We were treated to a quick look at Tian Tian, the female panda. A great way to round off a lovely day.
Kids can visit Edinburgh Zoo free during the October holidays if they take a carved tiger pumpkin with them!