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Oct 27

International Panda Day

Edinburgh Zoo Panda
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This tartan was created to celebrate the arrival of a breeding pair of pandas at the Edinburgh Zoo in 2011.


The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was formally established on the 18th of March 1909, by Edinburgh lawyer, Thomas Gillespie. In order to give the design a direct link to The Edinburgh Zoo’s heritage, the Gillespie Tartan was the starting point for this new design.

Notes from the register:


The main colours of the tartan are black and white, directly representing the Panda. Grey shades have been added to soften the tartan as well as to convey the gradation of colour from black to white, as seen on the Panda’s fur.


The red represents China as the pandas are their gift. The number 3 signifies the word luck which sounds similar to the Chinese character for birth. Where possible therefore, three red overchecks have been inserted into the heart of the design. This shows China, as well as the pandas, in the hearts and minds of Scotland and its people.


Green has also been included to represent a favourite food of the panda, bamboo.

For a look at the live Panda Cam at the Edinburgh Zoo, click the panda!