Highland wildlife park located within the Cairngorms National Park in Kingussie hosts first After Hours event set to include the UK's only polar bears, snow leopards and newborn elks

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) has announced the first ever After Hours event at Highland Wildlife Park which will include the UK's only polar bears, snow leopards and newborn elk twins.

Highland Wildlife Park located within the Cairngorms National Park, Kingussie (Photo: RZSS).

Staff at the wildlife conservation charity are inviting visitors to take a wander through the park in the evening from 6.30pm - 9.30pm, running every Friday in July.

Visitors will be able to see what animals such as the UK's only polar bears, snow leopards and newborn elk twins get up to after hours as they drive through the reserve enjoying the Cairngorms backdrop at dusk.

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They will also be able relax to the sound of traditional music acts, follow a new digital trail and enjoy a range of local food and drink.

Daska Mackintosh, head of operations at Highland Wildlife Park said: “We are excited to be bringing this first event of its kind to Highland Wildlife Park.

"After Hours gives visitors a unique chance to roam the park in the summer evenings and see our amazing animals after we usually close.

“It has been a challenging year for our charity, with limits on visitor numbers thought to remain during the vital summer months.

"These events allow us to welcome more visitors to see the wonderful species here at the park while also raising much needed funds to help care for our animals and support our conservation efforts around the world.”

Jonathan Brown, events and experiences manager at RZSS said: “These events are planned in conjunction with our animal experts and our keepers are very careful to monitor our animals' behaviour, making sure they receive, as always, the best care.

“Our daytime health and safety measures will remain in place, including extra toilets, social distancing and extra hand-washing stations to protect our visitors and staff. All guests need to do is buy a ticket and enjoy the evening.

“We would like to thank everyone for their continued support and we look forward to giving visitors a sneak peek into what life is like at Highland Wildlife Park after hours.”

There is an after hours evening free to members on July 9, which is also open to the general public.

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