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  1. banham.tiger

    banham.tiger Well-Known Member

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    Hi all

    very soon i will be going to Edinburgh zoo for the first time :)and i have a few questions.

    1) how long should i need to see everything and revisit some places?

    2) do i need to book to see the pandas and if i do when?

    3) what big cat species do they have?

    4) are there any indoor enclosures to go in to if i need to escape the rain?


    thanks hope to hear some answers soon:)
     
  2. littleRedPanda

    littleRedPanda Well-Known Member

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    Based on my brief visit a few weeks ago

    1) how long should i need to see everything and revisit some places?
    I'd plan to be there all day, much the same as any zoo :)

    2) do i need to book to see the pandas and if i do when?
    Normally yes, although I was there early December and because it was quiet, visitors were allowed to come and go as they pleased.


    3) what big cat species do they have?
    I actually didn't see any as i'd read some had moved, but I believe there are still Lions there


    4) are there any indoor enclosures to go in to if i need to escape the rain?
    Yes there are various indoor viewing areas, including the Panda, Koala, Monkeys and others
     
  3. Tunanta

    Tunanta Well-Known Member

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    Just to add a few comments from a regular visitor:

    1) Definitely most of the day
    2) Pandas was still free access when I was there the other day, but if it is a busier day if may well be ticketed so if they are important to you it is worth booking-you can book when you book tickets online or if you are getting to the zoo early they save some for booking on the door
    3) Asiatic lions & Sumatran tigers. I think there is still supposed to be something left in big cat row (leopard or jaguar) but due to leave shortly.
    4) In addition to those listed above: Budongo Chimp House, Brilliant Birds & Magic Forest (small monkeys etc) are all quite big ones you could spend a chunk of time in and many smaller indoor viewing areas/shelters throughout the park

    Enjoy your visit
     
  4. Davef68

    Davef68 Well-Known Member

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    As I understand it all the other big cats (Jaguars and Leopards) have now left Edinburgh or are off show.

    Other houses with shelter include Anteaters, Lions, Rhinos, penguins and pygmy hippos.