Quingo Scooters are always encouraging users to get out and about to visit interesting or unusual places on their mobility scooters, especially places that you didn’t think were accessible enough. Over our series of blog posts we’ve been sharing with you some extremely accessible attractions to explore on your mobility scooter for a fantastic day out!
One of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions, Edinburgh Zoo is also one of Europe’s leading centres of conservation with over 800,000 visitors a year. Set over 82 acres, the Zoo is non-profit. It lies on the south facing slopes of Corstorphine Hill, providing excellent views of the city of Edinburgh.
The Zoo plays an amazing part in the conservation of animals, with its co-ordinated programmes, funding and expertise. On top of this, Edinburgh Zoo is involved in many scientific pursuits, such as captive breeding of endangered animals and research into animal behaviour. Overall, the Zoo is a great day out for all the family with something that everyone will want to see!
What can I see?
There are many amazing animals to be appreciated at Edinburgh Zoo, such as:
The Giant Panda Exhibit – Edinburgh Zoo is the only home to Giant Pandas in the UK. Give Tian Tian and Yang Guang a visit at the Giant Panda enclosure. Both pandas are entirely solitary animals that only meet during breeding season once a year. The enclosures feature tree trunks for the pandas to scratch against and climb, large wooden climbing frames, tree houses, caves and ponds.
Penguins Rock – Here you’ll find Europe’s largest outdoor penguin pool, at 65 metres long and 3.5 metres deep containing 1.2 million litres of water. The newly refurbished enclosure features lowered perimeters to make viewing more accessible. The mock sandy beaches add a great visual touch, and also provide the penguins with different textures which are suitable to their feet. When you visit the penguins you’ll also see them have fun with a beautiful stone waterfall feature, a water shoot and a diving board made out of carved rock. And if you catch them at the right time, you’ll be able to see the penguins in their famous parade!
Overall, Edinburgh Zoo has great accessibility. Many of the paths around the Zoo can be accessed by mobility scooter. The entrance to the Zoo also has an accessible entrance. Due to the hilly nature of the location, some routes are accessed by steps or steep slopes. However, the Zoo provides transport for mobility scooter and wheelchair users enabling you to access parts of the zoo which have steep hills. Simply make a member of staff aware upon your arrival.
The Edinburgh Zoo accessibility map has all the information you need when planning your journey. There are accessible toilets throughout, and the car park has blue badge spaces. Visitors who require special assistance are offered free admission for one accompanying carer when paying the full adult or child price.
If there’s any other information you need, don’t hesitate to give the Zoo a call on 0131 314 0326.
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If you’ve been to visit any great accessible places on your Quingo or would like us to write about a particular place you have visited, we’d be delighted to hear from you! You can email your stories, recommendations and pictures by filling out the contact form on our website and we’ll feature them on our blog.
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