This week Halley Williams and Kieran Brown from Edinburgh’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies have been helping us overhaul Pets Corner. The two third-year vet students have been improving the lives of our small mammals in pets corner by providing new enrichment and making improvements to their enclosures to encourage natural foraging behaviour. This will help keep them happy, healthy and mentally stimulated as well. See more photos and find out more about the changes on the next page!

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We’re proud to announce another new arrival! Remember our Mandarin duck hatching eggs? Although the eggs are due to hatch tomorrow, we’ve had an early arrival! This little one was developing a bit faster than its siblings and we heard this little guy (or girl!) cheeping in its egg late Friday night. That, taken together with a look at its beak in the egg’s air cell meant that it had internally pipped and was getting close to hatching. However, there was no further activity until this afternoon when it burst out of its egg! The tiny duckling is still drying off, so looks a bit bedraggled, but is fluffing up nicely. More adorable photos on the next page. Continue reading


Why not come down and celebrate at the park and farm this bank holiday weekend! We are open every day and free to the public (more on planning your visit here). And don’t forget your camera! This weekend we are holding the first ever Mudchute Farm Flickr photo competition! The winning photographer will win a VIP tour of the farm, where you’ll have a chance to ask us all of your questions, meet your farmyard favourites, and have plenty of handling opportunities and photo ops!

Everyone is welcome to take part, whether you’re a professional or just manage to snap a photo on your camera! To enter, just upload your photos from around the farm to our flickr pool by midnight next Wednesday, 6th June Sunday, June 11th*. We’ll contact the winner on Wednesday the 13th to arrange your private VIP farm tour (on any Saturday in June). Good luck and enjoy the long weekend!

* UPDATE! We’ve extended the deadline for the photo competition through half term. Note the new deadline is this Sunday, the 11th of June.