Edinburgh West MP, Christine Jardine, has said the news that Edinburgh Zoo is to reopen is good news for everyone who works there or treasure’s it’s achievements.
It follows a joint campaign between Christine Jardine MP and Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP to reopen the zoos, which faced potential financial crisis because of the Covid closure.
More than 5,000 people signed the petition in less than a week And, responding to the announcement, Ms Jardine said:
“I am delighted for the zoo, everyone who works there and everyone who treasures it’s fantastic work in conservation.
“This is a huge achievement!
“And as well as being a huge relief for the 300 people who work there, it also helps secure the future of the much loved Pandas and the thousands of other animals for whom the zoo is home.
“It demonstrates the power of the public and communities across Scotland who showed overwhelming support for the reopening of the zoo.
“The educational, physical and mental health benefits of being outside, and taking in nature, are central to our personal recovery, so I’m pleased that many more children and young people will once again be able to enjoy the natural world.
“This is a much desired- and needed- step!”