On Thursday 23rd August, a group of young people visited Edinburgh Zoo with Scottish children's charity Children 1st, to say thank you to players of People's Postcode Lottery for their fantastic support.  We were joined by the Children 1st and Edinburgh Zoo mascots, as well as Judie McCourt, an Ambassador for People's Postcode Lottery.

We, alongside Children 1st, have received an outstanding 10 year's of support from players enabling us to help 1000's of children and young people grow up healthy and happy.

The young people had an amazing day that included getting up close to an armadillo, bearded dragon, tortoise and a corn snake, as well as learning all about DNA in the Wild Genes Lab.

Jenny Kaden, Senior Lab Technician at the Wild Genes Lab, which Edinburgh Zoo are able to run thanks to support from players of the People's Postcode Lottery, helped John (15) and Lucas (14) extract DNA from strawberries. 

She explained that the business of Wild Genes is to learn how to better conserve animals around the world; to better manage them in captivity and monitor them in the wild. The work has helped fight the illegal trade in ivory by using DNA to track tusks to a particular location. 



It was a great day, and we are so grateful to Edinburgh Zoo for hosting us!