Zoo & Wildlife Parks in Aberdeen
Opening a zoo in Aberdeen was first proposed at an informal meeting between representatives of the Town Council and Aberdeen University in Sept 1961. The facility was eventually opened in Hazelhead Park, in 1966. The Aberdeen zoo was located immediately to the area west of the main gate in Hazelhead park.
Zoologist Peter Scott, founder of the World Wildlife Fund and only child of Robert Falcon Scott, the Antarctic explorer opened the zoo. The Aberdeen zoo grew in size and diversity, developing links with local schools and organizing regular events and newsletters for members of the Zoo Club and Junior Zoo Club. Falling visitor numbers and financial difficulties during the 1970s led to its closure in 1977.
Discover the creatures that inhabit Aberdeen beautiful landscapes at one of the many wildlife events or festivals. There are fascinating regular and seasonal events, such as bat walks with forest rangers or identifying creatures in rock pools, plus incredible festivals.
Celebrate the wonders of the natural world during the Wild Seasons Festivals in Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders, or the Orkney Nature Festival. Whether you want to hear the cheerful chirp of a dawn chorus, see a graceful soaring white-tailed sea eagle, or sail alongside playful dolphins, there are incredible opportunities to get up close and personal with the wildest of residents.
Animal Man’s Mini Zoo provide children’s parties and animal handling experiences and was started back in 2003, and now after all these years has successfully grown and expanded throughout Scotland. It is a family run business, and has a great team of animal handlers and children’s entertainers all helping out and providing unforgettable birthday parties.
Huntly Falconry Centre is located just outside the village of Huntly in Aberdeenshire. The Falconry Centre was established in 1991 and is proud to be one of the first falconry centres of its kind in Scotland. Today, Huntly Falconry Centre enjoys a reputation that only others can aspire to. Huntly Falconry flies birds of prey at the Centre every day throughout the season and externally at events and shows in Scotland and England.
Doonies Rare Breeds Farm covers 134 acres on the southern side of Aberdeen from Nigg Bay to Cove. They are only 15 minutes by car from the centre of Aberdeen. Doonies Rare Breeds Farm is a member of the Rare Breeds Survival Trust and is one of only two farms in Scotland to be awarded “Approved Conservation Farm Park Status.”