Edinburgh Zoo panda director steps down from role
Iain Valentine announced he has left his post at the zoo to 'pursue new interests'.
The person responsible for the UK's only giant pandas has left his post at Edinburgh Zoo.
It is understood Iain Valentine quit as director of giant pandas in February.
Mr Valentine was responsible for bringing Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunshine) to the zoo from China in 2011.
An RZSS spokeswoman said: "RZSS can confirm that Iain Valentine has moved on from the society to pursue new interests.
"Iain played a key role in the society's contribution to the worldwide panda conservation programme over many years, including research and science."
On Monday, the RZSS revealed no efforts to breed the pair would take place in 2018.
The decision was made to allow researchers to focus on the animals' mating process to improve the chances of future efforts.
Tian Tian has had cubs in China, but not in the UK.