Edinburgh Zoo panda deal in jeopardy as chiefs call crisis meeting

April 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm

From: DailyRecord

Bosses at Edinburgh Zoo have called a crisis meeting over fears a lucrative giant panda deal is at risk.

It comes after senior executive Gary Wilson was suspended over allegations he stole from a £4.5million monkey house project.

Director of animals Iain Valentine, who helped broker the £6million deal with the Chinese to bring giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang to the zoo, was also suspended. And director of development Anthony McReavy was sacked over an email row. 

Members of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, who run the zoo, will question senior management about the scandals at an emergency general meeting on May 12.

The latest development increases speculation that the crisis could jeoparidise the panda deal.

Donald Emslie, chairman of the RZSS board, has agreed to “give what information we can legally provide”.

The RZSS have around 23,000 members but the meeting at the zoo’s education centre will only be able to accommodate around 250.

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