Edinburgh Zoo is one of Scotland's most treasured attractions, and is second only in visitor numbers to Edinburgh Castle.
Founded in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS), the zoo is involved in the conservation of endangered animals and scientific research. Every year, more than half a million people visit the historic institution.
However, coronavirus has affected the zoo’s revenue and the RZSS has today launched a fundraiser offering generous donors unique experiences in exchange for their help. Here are some fascinating photos of Edinburgh Zoo from years gone by.
1. Penguin Parade
Children enjoying the penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo in 1964 Photo: Contributed
2. Giraffes - an animal set to return to the zoo this year
A little boy is held up to feed one of the giraffes at Edinburgh Zoo in 1963. The magnificent animals haven't been at the zoo in more than a decade but are set to return to a new enclosure this year. Photo: Contributed
3. The penguin parade is a well known event in Edinburgh
Children flank the Penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo in July 1962 Photo: Contributed
4. Guinness and Edinburgh Zoo
The Guinness company presented two toucans at that time the bird was part of their advertising campaign to Edinburgh Zoo in 1963 Photo: Contributed