Edinburgh Zoo at 106: 29 fascinating photos from years gone by

Edinburgh Zoo is one of Scotland's most treasured attractions, and is second only in visitor numbers to Edinburgh Castle.

Edinburgh Zoo is one of the most popular places in Scotland and celebrates 106 years of being open this month.
Edinburgh Zoo is one of the most popular places in Scotland and celebrates 106 years of being open this month.

Founded in 1913, and owned by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, 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. It celebrates the anniversary of its grand opening this month. Here are some pictures of the zoo over the years.

Chimps Benjie and Lisa enjoy a Christmas fruit feast at Edinburgh Zoo December 1965
Children enjoying the penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo in 1964
A little boy is held up to feed one of the giraffes at Edinburgh Zoo in 1963

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    Children flank the Penguin parade at Edinburgh Zoo in July 1962
    The Guinness company presented two toucans (at that time the bird was part of their advertising campaign) to Edinburgh Zoo in 1963
    Wolverines were sent to Edinburgh Zoo from Helsinki in Finland in 1964
    Toddler being introduced to one of Edinburgh Zoo's dromedary camels in 1962

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    Edinburgh Zoo director Gilbert Fisher with a tame fox in 1963
    November 1963
    Penguins enjoying the snow at Edinburgh Zoo in the winter of 1950
    Penguins are packed into boxes to go to Iceland in August 1963

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    Penguins in Corstorphine Road in Edinburgh. Tram in the background August 1952
    Polar bears - Queenie and Jim in 1959
    Sea Lions in 1962
    Two boys get close up to a pelican July 1962

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    Sea lion basking in the sun on a rock in the pool Edinburgh Zoo in April 1960
    Children with pygmy goats at Edinburgh Zoo's Children's Farm in 1962
    Edinburgh Zoo director Gilbert Fisher with Scrap the cheetah outside Edinburgh Zoo in 1964
    Dumbo , the baby elephant, comes out for a stroll August 1958

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    Edinburgh zoo keeper Grace Forrest walking Tot the zebra on Corstorphine streets in November 1964
    Jon Whiteley, Scottish child actor, here with an orang-utan at Edinburgh Zoo in 1954
    James McLennan from Iowa presented the bear Yogi to Edinburgh Zoo July 1964
    Lord Provost Duncan Weatherstone meets one of the residents at the opening of the new camel house at Edinburgh Zoo in 1965

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    Youngsters ride around the Children's Farm at Edinburgh Zoo in a pony cart in 1963
    Helen Tait Animal Attendant at Edinburgh Zoo with a kangaroo November 1964
    New Anubis baboons arrive at Edinburgh Zoo in May 1966
    Richard Hanson and Carol Wood watch penguins at Edinburgh Zoo in 1963

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    Penguins look on as a keeper cleans out their pool at Edinburgh Zoo in 1960
    Wildcat kitten handfed by Mr Fisher, Director of Edinburgh Zoo July 1963