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Suzy bear can hardly keep her eyes open now!
Suzy bear can hardly keep her eyes open now!
at "The Centre", Livingston tomorrow 1st Nov from 11 - 4pm with a snake, bearded dragon, insects and more! Also face painting, so hope to see you then.
..from everyone at the Five Sisters Zoo - have a great evening. Davey's been enjoying his pumpkin treat!
in the European Eagle Owl enclosure.
is now complete and the skunks are loving it - here's Strachan coming out of his new den.
won the award category "Honorable Mention" for the poster presented at the recent Advanced Bear Care Conference, in New Jersey. Pictured here are 3 very happy ladies; Angela, Eileen and Shirley who found the meeting extremely worthwhile, met lots of like minded bear people and did a brilliant job of spreading the word about the on going care and rehabilitation of our beloved bears.
Unfortunately the Zoo will not be having a Halloween event this year due to the loss of the Reptile House and the on going construction works being carried out at present. We will be up to our usual antics next year with spooks and creepy crawlies!
out and about finally!
Long Eared Owls:)
here's our young albino skunk - she's nearly the size of dad now!
lovely new Spectacle Owl - a wee bit shy but settling in well with the Brown Wood Owls.
are watching as work on the new owl enclosures progresses !
Delighted that 3 representatives from the Zoo will attend the 2013 Advanced Bear Care Conference this week - a great opportunity to meet our peers, give a presentation about the Zoo and to submit a paper about the on going recovery and rehabilitation of Carmen, Peggy & Suzy. Enjoy the conference ladies and bring back lots of new ideas and tips!
are very special.
a swim before breakfast!
..as grown a lot during the summer months, but is still very cute!
is coming together, complete with an old tractor!
Peggy's been busy getting her winter den ready - the bed looks lovely and cosy!
the 4 pygmy goat kids at the entrance to the Zoo - they are great fun to watch!
are amazing! here's one of ours enjoying the sunshine.
is coming along well! With thanks to Bank of Scotland, Scottish Widows and Scottish Hydro volunteers who have helped with the painting of the building and laying bark in the new outdor areas for them this week.
sitting in one of her favourite places in the woods.
for the Marmosets, Tamarins and Geoffroy's is well underway, creating a natural outdoor area with trees, shrubs and ropes for them to climb on and linked to their indoor area via an overhead tunnel.
The new monkey house is really taking shape - there will be an exterior area at the back for them all to enjoy and this is just getting planted out now.
..at the Zoo today, lovely and warm, here's one of our European Eagle owls watching the progress of the new monkey house!
At the entrance of one of the bear dens, having had a clear out, now filling them with fresh bark and straw ready for the coming winter. All three bears have gained weight and are starting to slow down and sleep more during the day - Autumn and winter are on their way!
The monkey house has been dismantled this week and a new facility is currently being constructed with larger outdoor areas for the Common Marmosets, Geoffroys and Tamarins.
The Zoo is so grateful to Tesco, Aldi and Sainsbury's for their regular donations of surplus food for the animals; here's Peggy bear enjoying a very colourful breakfast yesterday morning!
We are delighted with 2 new picnic benches recently donated by HMP Addiewell - they have been adapted for wheelchair access and we've been getting positive feedback already. Thank you!
Millie, one of our pygmy goats gace birth during the night, to two gorgeous kids - all are doing well.
The racoons will be pleased it's a few degrees cooler now, this was them recently investigating a homemade fruity ice lolly!
Mum and her new joey who is very cute!
..relaxing in the sunshine:)
End of another sunny day at the Zoo - great to see lots of visitors enjoying the good weather and hope to welcome many more during the summer holidays.
A massive thank you to Top Gun Scotland for producing and donating 3 fantastic videos giving a "birds eye" view of the Zoo and Bear Sanctuary, there's a link to them on the hompage of the website.
Our newset addition is a baby skunk! Pictured here with mum Stella, it's a bit shy but adorable at about 3 weeks old. Wonder if there are any more going to appear soon...
The Zoo was delighted to have recently been awarded "most popular placement" by West Lothian Schools work placement pupils. Pictured below is Head Keeper Lynn with the award - we are delighted to provide these work placements through the Council.
This weather is great and all the groups and visitors are enjoying the Zoo today here's the otters out and about...
Have a great Fathers Day and Happy Birthday to Stumpy - he's dad to our 5 male ring tailed lemurs and is an amazing 27 years old this month - probably the oldest living lemur in Europe.
Sadly, Jacob our large pink pig died on Saturday - he was such a well loved character who had happily lived at the Zoo for over 7 years, having been resuced as a piglet when he was just 6 months old. We will all miss him terribly, this photo was taken of him last summer,enjoying a snooze in his hut.
Have a great weekend - summer is here at long last!
It's good to see the meerkats settled back into their enclosure - they are loving this warm weather and so are we!
Delighted to welcome Susan Boyle back to the Zoo today, thanks for your support.
It's a glorious sunny morning at the Zoo - why not come and hang out here today? Look out for our new babies - reindeer, wallaby and common marmosets.
to welcome our new male otter to the Zoo - he is adorable and fingers crossed that our female thinks so to! Just getting to know each other today:)
We are delighted to confirm that a male otter has kindly been donated by Hoo Farm in Shropshire. Our female has made an excellent recovery and we hope that the pair will be happy together - hoping that the male will be out in the enclosure this weekend.
Our two fabulous porcupines out yesterday having a snack in the sun!