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  • General

    Sandie Robb

    Sandie Robb

    RZSS Language Project Coordinator

    Hi I'm Sandie, the project manager for the Beyond the Panda programme and the Science Specialist Confucius Classroom.

    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.

    • 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.

  • China Mobile Library Expert Visits & Resources

    The China Mobile Library is a set of resources called 'panda packs' with associated expert visits. The 'panda packs' are FREE for all to download. Expert visits are FREE throughout Scotland and the north of England.

    The expert visits can either be an introduction to the resources or for revision after use. The RZSS Language Project Coordinator will bring different games and resources along with skulls, bamboo and models to enhance the learning. 

    Teacher training sessions on the use of the 'panda packs' are also available to book. 

    All resources are linked to Mandarin language learning. To book contact

  • Endangered Species Outreach

    The materials for the Chinese Endangered Species outreach are NOT available to download. These outreach sessions are led by the RZSS Language Project Coordinator and are FREE throughout Scotland and north of England.

    However, there are follow on materials:

  • Panda Pass It On

    The 'Beyond the Panda' resources focus on learning through fun, interactive activities, games and puzzles. The 'Panda Pass It On' game is an introductory game. Originally given the name because we sent some hard copy versions on a trip around Scotland and asked schools to pass on the game. You don't have to wait for a hard copy now, just download and play!

  • Zoo Fun with Mandarin

    Zoo Fun with Mandarin is the name of the section with material related to the RZSS Confucius Classroom, the first science specialist Confucius Classroom in the world! 

    The section includes resources for adults, teachers and pupils. The resource will state which level it is designed for. 

  • Additional Mandarin Resources

  • Sponsors

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

    Confucius Institute for Scotland logo Scotlands National Centre for Languages logo