By OLIVER FARRIMOND
A STRUGGLING Edinburgh zoo has seen visitor numbers rocket after a successful few months of fund-raising.
The Five Sisters Zoo, in West Lothian, found itself on the brink of closure at the start of this year, following disappointing summer weather and the effects of the recession.
However after a profile-raising campaign of fund raising, the Polbeth zoo received a “huge” amount of public support.
And now the zoo has received record numbers of visitors for February and March – almost four times as many as last year.
Steven Dickie, education officer at the zoo, said: “The visitor numbers have almost been on par with those we usually get in the summer holidays.
“So barring bad weather in the coming months, we’re going to be around for a while yet.”