Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is a learned society and registered charity based in Edinburgh, Scotland.[1] It was founded by, Thomas Haining Gillespie, in 1909. In 1913, Edinburgh Town Council bought a large plot of land on Corstorphine Hill for the society - this later opened to the public as Edinburgh Zoo.[2] The Society received its Royal Charter in 1913.[3] The principal objective of the Society mentioned in the original charter is:

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
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Founded1909; 113 years ago (1909)
FounderThomas Haining Gillespie
TypeNon-profit organization
FocusEdinburgh Zoo
Highland Wildlife Park

To promote, facilitate and encourage the study of zoology and kindred subjects and to foster and develop amongst the people an interest in and knowledge of animal life.[4]

In 1986, the society acquired the Highland Wildlife Park.[5]

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  1. ^ "Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, Registered Charity no. SC004064". Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
  2. ^ "Review of Edinburgh Zoo". website. Retrieved 15 June 2007.
  3. ^ Cf.
  4. ^ "History of Edinburgh Zoo". Edinburgh Zoo website. Archived from the original on 12 June 2007. Retrieved 15 June 2007.
  5. ^ "Highland Wildlife Park at Kincraig hits 40th year". BBC News. 27 June 2012.

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