Edinburgh Zoo: Rhino magic moment

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When planning my trip to Edinburgh, the Zoo was always near the top of the list of things to do. You all know by now that I love animals and I also support a good conservation zoo, after hearing good things about it from friends I decided I had to check it out for myself, especially being the only place in the UK with Pandas. So when Edinburgh Zoo asked me if I wanted a ‘magic moment encounter’ with Bertus, their Indian one-horned Rhino, I jumped at the chance.

‘Description: Get closer than you ever imagined with our 30 minutes Rhino Magic Moment. Meet our resident Indian One Horned Rhino, Bertus in our ‘keepers only’ area. Help the keepers feed him a special treat, and give him a tickle while you do it! While doing so you’ll learn all about these special creatures and how the Zoo is helping with their conservation. Price: £70 per person’
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The experience also includes entry to the Zoo, so we arrived an hour before our experience to have a quick look around before meeting our keeper at the allocated point. Our Keeper for the experience was Jessica, who was so lovely and most importantly extremely informative about Bertus and the conservation work that Edinburgh Zoo take part in.   After a health and safety briefing and collecting Rhino treats (Browse and carrots), we were taken over to Bertus’s enclosure. Jessica made it extremely clear from the start that Bertus was very much in charge of the experience, if he did not want to interact with us he would not be made to and the food we would be giving was in addition to his normal meals. Exactly how it should be in my opinion.  However, lucky for us as soon as Bertus saw us enter his enclosure he came straight over to have a nosy.  Rhinos have always been one of my favourite animals, but seeing one so close was an overwhelming experience, Bertus’s size and beauty was completely mesmerizing, I was also surprised at how incredibly gentle he was taking his food from our hand. Throughout our experience, Jessica continued to talk to us about the Rhinos, as well as answering any questions and offering to take photos. The experience itself was over quite quickly, however, I do not feel much more time would have been needed and it did not feel rushed at all.

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After the experience, we continued exploring the Zoo and were glad to find out it is quite the hotspot for rare Pokemon! My favourite catches of the day included Dratini, Slowpoke, and Onyx as well as hatching an adorable Growlithe. I also managed to lose a Dragonite (which led to a near breakdown by the Gibbons).  They are also holding a PokemonGo night on August 17th, where the keepers will placing lures on their twenty Pokestops throughout the night and even providing free wifi and charging stations for all guests.




















To see the Pandas you are given an allocated time, to avoid overcrowding, unfortunately for us at our allocated time, both were inside and unable to be seen, but thankfully we were told we could revisit later to try again, luckily later that afternoon we managed to see the incredible male Yang Guang outside. Since visiting I have discovered that you can watch the Pandas on webcam on the Zoo website, because what a better way to procrastinate than watching cute pandas being lazy.


I thoroughly enjoyed my day at Edinburgh Zoo, especially meeting Bertus and learning all about the Indian Rhinos, I think the ‘magic moment encounters‘ would be a wonderful present for any animal lover and with zoo entry included it is very much a full day out.

Edinburgh Zoo is open 365 days of the year, however, all experiences are limited to certain days and times so need to be booked in advance. More information can be found here.


Blogger transparency: I was invited to Edinburgh Zoo and therefore received complimentary magic moment experiences, however, all opinions and my crazy love of animals are all my own. 

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    Danielle Eskdale
    August 14, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Oh wow, how amazing you got to experience a magic moment!! These have been on my wishlist for some time as Edinburgh is our ‘local’ (60miles away) zoo and have visited a few times over the years. I’m very picky with the animal parks I visit/support due but Edinburgh seems to be one of the best in the UK for breeding programs and conservation they do etc.
    Very jealous of your day! Lovely to hear how relaxed it was for Bertus.


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