OverviewEdinburgh Zoo is owned by The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS). The Society was founded in March 1909, and the Zoo opened in July 1913. Set in 82 acres of sloping parkland, the Zoo is situated three miles to the west of Edinburgh city centre. Apart from getting close to over 1,000 rare and endangered animals, there are many different ways to enjoy your day out. You can experience a busy programme of educational events and activities - ranging from keeper talks through to hands-on animal encounters - and a wide-range of eating experiences, several play areas and a fantastic gift shop.
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Many of the paths around the Zoo can be accessed by wheelchair. Due to the hilly nature of our location, some routes involve steps or steep slopes which are unsuitable for wheelchairs. Please download a copy of our accessibility map from our access page, which highlights these areas and may be useful for planning your visit before you arrive. Please note: this map is for general accessibility reference only. It was last updated in 2014 and since then our animal collection or the location of certain animals may have changed. If there is a specific animal or exhibit that you are keen to see during your visit please consult visitor services prior to entering the park. We are pleased to able to offer a dedicated mobility vehicle to allow easier access to certain areas of the Zoo. This service is available to visitors with wheelchairs or those with mobility difficulties. If you wish to request the use of the vehicle, please speak to a member of staff on arrival.
A limited number of disabled parking spaces are available in our car park. Parking for Blue Badge holders is free of charge. On arrival, please present your badge to our car park attendant who will help direct you to an available space.
Only fully trained and accredited assistance dogs, who are assisting a visitor, are permitted to enter the Zoo. Please bring relevant proof of accreditation as this may be asked for on arrival. If you wish to bring an assistance dog into the park, please inform a member of our admissions team when you arrive. * all registered assistance dogs must be up-to-date with all inoculations * dogs must be kept on a lead at all times and under strict control * dogs must not be allowed to defecate anywhere in the zoo grounds and any incidents should be cleared away by their owners Unfortunately, we are unable to allow assistance dogs into any indoor or walkthrough exhibits, or certain outdoor areas. Further information is available on arrival or by contacting us on the number below. If the behaviour of our animals is affected by the presence of your dog please move away from the area. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, however, this is to ensure the safety of our animals, visitors and your dog.
Visitors who require special assistance are offered free admission for one accompanying carer when they pay the full adult/child price. Please bring relevant proof of entitlement such as a ‘plus one’ travel card or letter from Disability Living Allowance as this will be asked for on arrival.