Edinburgh Zoo Boss Resigns after Losing Confidence Vote

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Byline: Lynsey Bews

THE chairman of Edinburgh Zoo stepped down yesterday following the no confidence vote against him.

Donald Emslie was urged to quit by almost 500 members of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) after the vote at an extraordinary general meeting last week in the city.

His departure follows months of turmoil at the zoo, which secured the multi-million-pound transfer of two pandas in January.

Director of animals, conservation and education Iain Valentine is suspended while an investigation into his case continues.

Gary Wilson, director of business operations, was suspended but is to return to work after a probe cleared him of any wrongdoing.

The RZSS said he had been the victim of a 'malicious smear campaign'.

In a statement released last night, Mr Emslie said: 'At the EGM and to the media afterwards, I said I had listened to the members' views but acknowledged also that I had obligations as a trustee of a charity.

'The correct course of action was for me to discuss with my board what the next step should be, taking into consideration the interests of the RZSS, the views of the members and of OSCR - the charities regulator in Scotland. …