Let us introduce our 2019 Charity
The zoo owners, Brian and Shirley Curran, started out running a garden centre called The Five Sisters named after the five shale bings that overlook the site. Shirley and Brian are both passionate about animals, and during the time of the garden centre were always agreeing to re-home pets that were either no longer wanted or could no longer be cared for. When visiting the garden centre many families enjoyed seeing the various animals, and as the animal collection grew the zoo was born!
The Five Sisters Zoo was officially established in 2005 with just a small collection of rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, and pigs. Since then the zoo has grown into an exciting collection of over 180 different species of mammals, birds and reptiles from all around the world. We are now BIAZA and Balai accredited, for which we have to maintain very high standards of animal care and welfare. Five Sisters Zoo is the most-visited wildlife attraction in West Lothian!
Five Sisters Zoo has lots to see and do and if you want to really get up close, take part in one of our 3 daily animal encounters, feed the lemurs, or book in advance to be a zoo keeper for a half or full day. There are also a number of free daily keeper talks which coincide with feeding times. Many interactive areas including walk through bird aviary, wallaby walkabout and large enclosure for our meerkats/cranes and giant tortoise. Large indoor reptile house with over 40 species and petting area with rabbits, guinea pigs and pygmy goats. Large outdoor play area for kids, great for birthdays, picnic area, cafe and gift shop. All on one level, with disabled access and facilities. Free parking. New indoor soft play area (suitable for children up to 11 years) & large restaurant opened Easter 2018. Open all year (apart from Xmas day and New Year’s Day) Family tickets available. Many animals living at the Zoo faced uncertain futures including our ex-circus bears and lions and new to the Zoo in May 2018, 2 young brown bears rescued from the tourist trade in Albania. 2 stunning Snow leopards arrived March 2019.
More exciting news arrived in June when Five Sisters Zoo agreed to back the work of SEED Madagascar, Project Ala aims to increase and improve viable habitat for three nocturnal species of lemur (one of which is classified as endangered and the other two are undergoing classification by the IUCN) in Sainte Luce littoral forest, through corridor reforestation coupled with strengthened local and regional capacity to support the conservation of lemurs and their natural habitats.