“The Giant Lanterns of China return to Edinburgh Zoo this winter. Join us for a new and exciting adventure as Scottish myths, ancient Chinese legends and incredible creatures come to life. Escape into a world of folktales and fantasy with over 450 beautifully crafted lanterns lighting a magical trail through the Zoo. For 50 legendary nights, we’ll be home to unicorns, giants, kelpies and even the Loch Ness Monster, alongside animals past and present.” [source]
We popped along to the Giant Lanterns of China exhibition at Edinburgh Zoo as a little festive treat while I was home in Edinburgh. While we were not able to see the animal residents of Edinburgh Zoo, there were plenty of magnificent creatures lit-up on display, from mythological legends, to real life animals both from the extinct past, and endangered today.
There was a great atmosphere of excitement, and merriment as we made our way round the zoo, and it was wonderful to see the public engaging in animal conservation stories through the beauty of the lanterns, as well as the fascinating faerytales behind the more fantastical creatures…
p.s. The lantern festival may have finished, but Edinburgh Zoo is well worth a visit, and high up there in my list of favourite zoos!!