RZSSRoyal Zoological Society of Scotland
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The RZSS has already helped the MSC by providing the technical expertise and laboratory work needed for our DNA tracing programme and this is further evidence of the Zoo's commitment to sustainability.
RZSS was founded by visionary lawyer Thomas Gillespie.
The RZSS have around 23,000 members but the meeting at the zoo's education centre will only be able to accommodate around 250.
During the course of these investigations, the RZSS discovered matters of a very serious nature which require to be investigated further.
He resigned after the RZSS board met to discuss the sponsorship of pandas Tian Tian and Yangguang, due at the zoo in September.
Mr Gaunt said last night: "It is a confidential matter between myself and the RZSS.
RZSS president John Spence said: "They are shy animals but they prefer a cool climate and with plenty of bamboo we hope they'll breed.
Now, derelict land in the east end of Glasgow, due to be transformed for the 2014 Games, has been earmarked for a possible new "satellite" enclosure by the RZSS.
But the RZSS are looking at an alternative home at the Clyde Gateway development, amid fears it will be unable to afford a pounds 70million revamp of Edinburgh Zoo.
David Windmill, chief executive of the RZSS, said the whole redevelopment of the zoo had been"left in limbo".
RZSS chief executive David Windmill said: "Working with giant pandas means so much more to us than introducing a new species to our collection.
There are hopes of bringing the pandas to Edinburgh by next year, when the RZSS will celebrate their centenary.