Given our affinity for our own pelican, Gilbert, it seemed only fitting that we should get involved with a pelican colony in the UK. Pelicans have served as a heraldic symbol of generosity for centuries and have a royal past. Pelicans represent the role of 'provider', and have been a symbol of generosity for centuries. This, along with their royal connection, makes them the perfect partner for Royal London.

Royal Zoological Society of Scotland

In keeping with our penchant for pelicans, we’ve also partnered with the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) to look after the colony in Edinburgh Zoo.

This partnership helps to fund the society’s conservation work for the Eastern White, the second largest species of the eight pelican in the world. You can visit the Eastern White Pelican walkthrough exhibit and view the resident flock up close, while learning about the work being done on population studies alongside other projects to help secure natural habitats which are currently suffering from environmental issues such as over-fishing and flooding.

Psst! Heading to the Eastern White Pelican Walkthrough? Aim to pay the pelicans a visit around mid-morning or mid-afternoon to see them up close during feeding.

Eastern White Pelican Walkthrough

Did you know?

  • Pelicans arrived in St James’s Park, London in 1664 as a gift from a Russian Ambassador to King Charles II
  • In the wild, pelicans can be found in natural habitats ranging from southern Europe to Africa
  • Their wingspan ranges from 226-360cm – the second longest of all living birds after Great Albatrosses!
  • The break of the male pelican grows in a long, downwards arc, while females have shorter, straighter beaks
  • The male pelicans are bigger than females – males can weigh up to 15kg, while an adult female can weigh between 5kg to 9kg

Competitions

Throughout 2021 we'll be offering the chance to win some exciting prizes – from tickets to the Lions’ first match on home soil since 2005 in the Vodafone 1888 Cup through to access to some unique series previews with some of cricket’s biggest names ahead of the Royal London Series.

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