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  • General

    Sandie Robb

    Sandie Robb

    RZSS Senior Education Officer

    Hi I'm Sandie, the project manager for the Beyond the Panda Programme.

    Welcome to the free Beyond the Panda online learning resources exploring China and giant pandas.

  • Project History

    In January 2011, a historic agreement was signed between the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) for the loan of two giant pandas to Edinburgh Zoo.

  • Planning for Pandas

  • Meet the Panda Team

    Click/Hover over the members of the team below to find out more about them.

    • Iain Valentine

      Iain Valentine

      Director of the Giant Panda Project

      Iain Valentine is Director of the Giant Panda Project and was instrumental in bringing giant pandas to Edinburgh. Much of his time is spent on panda breeding, research and cultivating cultural connections with China.

    • Simon Girling

      Simon Girling

      Head of Veterinary Services

      Simon Girling is Head of Veterinary Services to RZSS. His work involves overseeing the health of all the animals at Edinburgh Zoo and the Highland Wildlife Park - including the Giant Pandas.

    • Darren McGarry

      Darren McGarry

      Head of Living Collections

      Darren McGarry is Head of Living Collections at Edinburgh Zoo. He is responsible for all species kept in the collection at the zoo including husbandry and health management, nutrition and veterinary services.

    • Alison Maclean

      Alison Maclean

      Head Panda Keeper

      Alison Maclean is Head Panda Keeper at Edinburgh Zoo. She looked after captive bears for 25 years before Tian Tian and Yang Guang arrived and has looked after them since their arrival in December 2011.

  • Panda Pass It On

    The Beyond the Panda outreach resources focus on learning through fun, interactive activities, games and puzzles. See the full range available in the Beyond the Panda brochure. As an introduction, try our fun 'Panda Pass It On' game which has been sent on a trip across Scotland. You may be passed a hard copy version but if not, you can download a copy.

    Let's see how many people can play our panda game! If you play, please enter your name and location in this survey so we can map where the game has been. Just a first name and nearest town will do, we do not need to identify you. Thank you. 


  • Sponsors

    We would like to thank the following organizations for their support:

    Confucius Institute for Scotland logoScotland China Education Network logo Scotlands National Centre for Languages logo Arnold Clark logo