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Issue 26 - Edinburgh set for animal magic

Scotland Magazine Issue 26
April 2006

 

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Edinburgh set for animal magic

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has revealed plans for its £58million redevelopment project at Edinburgh Zoo.

The project is expected to take 20 years to complete, but will transform the zoo into a world class attraction that will draw in 850,000 visitors a year.

The zoo will be split into four different themed areas or ‘biomes’ including Tropical Forest, Woodlands, Grasslands, and Oceans and Wetlands.

There are already more than 1,000 animals at the zoo including many rare and endangered species.

One big feature of the redevelopment will be the introduction of large, mixed species exhibits.

“We are excited to finally be able to communicate our intentions for the future of Edinburgh Zoo,” said David Windmill, chief executive of The RZSS.

“We want to give our visitors the experience of a ‘good day out’ and at the same time inspire them to care about and become involved in the conservation of our threatened habitats.”

The first stage begins with the construction of a new state-of-the-art £5.65m enclosure for the zoo’s chimpanzees.