Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

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Royal Zoological Society of Scotland
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Founded1909; 110 years ago (1909)
FounderThomas Haining Gillespie
TypeNon-profit organization
FocusEdinburgh Zoo
Highland Wildlife Park
  • Edinburgh, Scotland

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland is a learned society and registered charity of Scotland.[1] It was founded by an Edinburgh lawyer, Thomas Haining Gillespie, in 1909. In 1913, a large plot of land was purchased for the Society by the Edinburgh Town Council on Corstorphine Hill, Edinburgh, a site which 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:

"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 also acquired the Highland Wildlife Park.

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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 2007-06-15.
  3. ^ Cf.
  4. ^ "History of Edinburgh Zoo". Edinburgh Zoo website. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2007-06-15.

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