Fantastic family days out at zoo near Edinburgh and Glasgow

Located between Edinburgh and Glasgow, Five Sisters Zoo is the only place in Scotland where you can see the world’s fastest land animal, the magnificent cheetah.

Five Sisters Zoo is the only place in Scotland where you can see magnificent cheetahs
Five Sisters Zoo is the only place in Scotland where you can see magnificent cheetahs

Ijubane, Artimis, Velox and Ashanti joined the zoo in early March and have been making themselves at home ever since. Head along this summer to catch a glimpse of these iconic big cats along with more than 160 other animal species including lions, snow leopards, wolves, red panda, meerkats, monkeys and much, much more.

A passion for animals

This much-loved family-run zoo was set up in 2005 with a mission to encourage the conservation of endangered wildlife for both native and non-native species and create a safe and natural environment for all animals in our collection. Since it began, Five Sisters Zoo has been dedicated to helping animals in need; as the zoo has grown, so have their rescue projects.

Head along this summer for a great day out

They have already offered three bears and four lions a new home after they spent their lives performing in travelling circuses.

And Byara, a three-year-old rescue brown bear, arrived in late April from Natuurhulpcentrum Opglabbeek in Belgium. She spent most of her first day playing and exploring her new surroundings and it is hoped she will eventually be introduced to Eso, the zoo's other female brown bear.

Fun for the whole family

Five Sisters Zoo in Gavieside, West Calder, offers a fantastic day for the full family with plenty of opportunities to get close to the animals and learn more about their routines and habitats: visitors can join the free animal keeper talks or help feed the ring-tailed lemurs.

Other animal species including lions, snow leopards, wolves, red panda, meerkats, monkeys and much, much more

With several different outdoor and indoor eateries, you can spend a whole day exploring animal habitats and learning about species from across the world. Younger visitors will also love the outdoor playpark and the four-level indoor soft play area.

New for 2022

To help raise funds towards its upkeep, Five Sisters Zoo have opened a garden plant centre and tearoom with a huge variety of beautiful plants from summer bedding to bamboo trees as well as compost and planters.

Home delivery is also available from their online shop at www.gardens-r-us.scot/shop Indulge in a delicious afternoon tea or home baked goodies after grabbing some great bargains from the garden centre.

This much-loved family-run zoo was set up in 2005 with a mission to encourage the conservation of endangered wildlife

Every customer paying admission into Five Sisters Zoo will receive a voucher for 10% off plants that can be redeemed from the garden centre.

Buy your tickets today

Admission tickets can be purchased online before you visit to receive an online discount, or a walk-up admission price will be charged at the entry gate.

Discounted online tickets can be purchased via SEE tickets at https://fivesisterszoo.seetickets.com/timeslot/five-sisters-zoo-entry/

To help raise funds towards its upkeep, Five Sisters Zoo have opened a garden plant centre and tearoom