Zoo celebrates new Tiger Tracks enclosure with October break offer

Families from across Scotland are being encouraged to get into the spirit of Hallowe’en by bringing their spookiest tiger-carved pumpkins to RZSS Edinburgh Zoo for free entry this October holiday. The offer celebrates the Zoo’s latest exhibit opening, Tiger Tracks.

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The offer is open to youngsters aged up to 15 who will receive a free one-day entry ticket for presenting a tiger-carved pumpkin on arrival at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo between today and Sunday 23 October 2016.

The Tiger Tracks enclosure, which opened in September, is home to Jambi and Baginda, the Zoo’s pair of critically endangered Sumatran tigers. The exciting new attraction, which is three times the size of the previous tiger enclosure, gives visitors the chance to walk through a glass tunnel where they can get up close with the tigers as they walk overhead on a specially constructed walkway.

The best pumpkin designs will go on display in the Tiger Tracks tunnel until Hallowe’en, and all pumpkins received during that time will be retained by RZSS Edinburgh Zoo to support its animal enrichment programmes.

Darren McGarry, Head of Living Collections at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo, said: “It’s an exciting time for us and we’re hoping this fun offer will bring much needed attention to our new Tiger Tracks enclosure and to the plight of the Sumatran tiger in the wild. Many of the animals at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo love the taste of pumpkin so it’s a Hallowe’en treat for them and a chance for children to explore the Zoo for free. We can’t wait to see all of the pumpkin designs!”

Other activities taking place at RZSS Edinburgh Zoo this October break include ‘Spiders: Fight Your Phobia’, relaxed sessions with the Zoo’s expert team to help people overcome their fears of the often-misunderstood spider, and ‘Creepy Crawlies’, giving visitors the chance to meet some of the creepiest, scuttling, wiggling creatures living in the Zoo.