Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland


The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) is a national charity that owns and manages Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park. It is at the forefront of international thinking on how to protect endangered animals in a way that is engaging and inspiring for visitors. Their aim is to connect people with nature and to safeguard species from extinction.

The primary charitable objectives of RZSS are to:

  • Support and promote the needs of species conservation in the wild
  • Provide formal and informal education on nature and species conservation to the local, national and international community
  • Ensure the highest standards of animal welfare through excellence in animal husbandry and enrichment of the animal's environment
  • Maintain groups of species with high conservation and educational importance and participate in managed conservation programmes for threatened species
  • Encourage and enable research to increase knowledge and understanding of animal science, for the benefit of both captive and wild animals.
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