Latest Edinburgh Zoo Stories

2008-07-24 15:00:00

By Gareth Edwards DAYS after the birth of an albino skunk was celebrated at a Lothian zoo, Edinburgh has hit back with a couple of stinkers of its own. Two young swamp wallabies are the latest addition to the zoo's collection, becoming only the second UK attraction to care for the animals. Like Strachan the pure white skunk who was unveiled this week at the Five Sisters Zoo in West Calder, they are expected to leave a lasting impression on keepers' senses. The youngsters have been given...

2008-07-16 15:00:39

AN animal activist known around the world as Koala Woman has hosted a talk at Edinburgh Zoo. Australian Deborah Tabart visited the zoo yesterday to speak about her two decades of fighting for the rights of the animals across the world. She chose to visit the zoo when she learned that it was one of few UK facilities that were home to koalas. She said she was keen to impress upon those present the plight the bears faced. She said: "The koala is the flagship species for animals all...

2008-07-02 15:00:30

HUMANS are to form the latest attraction at Edinburgh Zoo - as part of an unusual Fringe event. Five performers will reportedly live in a sanctuary at the zoo for 11 days in an enclosure originally designed for penguins. The show - entitled Enclosure 44 - will involve people behaving like captive animals, and even being fed at certain times by other performers dressed as zoo keepers. Actors will also interact with the public, and generally behave how they please for the course of the...

2008-07-01 15:00:32

A SERIES of events to honour the life, ideas and impact of Charles Darwin are to be held at Edinburgh Zoo. It is taking part in Darwin200, a national celebration of the famous naturalist, which starts today. The celebrations cover three anniversaries. Today it is 150 years since Darwin first presented his theory of evolution; his 200th birthday is on February 12, 2009; and in November next year it will be 150 years since the controversial publication of his definitive work On the Origin...

2008-06-25 18:02:34

FORMER First Minister Jack McConnell visited Edinburgh Zoo today to back a conservation group helping to protect wildlife in Malawi. Mr McConnellis due to take over as the next British High Commissioner in the African country when the present incumbent steps down early next year. Today's visit was organised to support Project African Wilderness, which was formed to protect and restore the Mwabvi Wildlife Reserve in Southern Malawi. As well as conservation work, the organisation...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.