Discovery Centre

Seventh year running

Postgraduate Research students from Birmingham University enjoyed an away day at DZG for the seventh year running, as they learnt about some of the rarest animals in the world. The first year students from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, spent the morning in the Discovery Centre’s Rainforest Room giving short presentations, before enjoying Continue reading Seventh year running


DZG featured on prime time television last night in BBC One’s The Truth About Stress. We welcomed TV presenter, Fiona Phillips and a television crew on site last November, as they filmed three local participants for the show. As part of the programme the volunteers, who were hooked up to chest mounted body monitoring equipment, Continue reading DZG on BBC

Face your spider fear

Are you terrified of spiders and want to face your fear? Then come and join our Arachnophobia Workshop! We’re hosting our first session of the year on Sunday, March 12 where our education staff highlight the truths about the harmless creatures. Marketing Manager Andrea Hales, said: “The workshop is relaxed and informal and aims to Continue reading Face your spider fear

Adelaide's toy snake

DZG’s laughing kookaburra, Adelaide, is benefitting from old stock from the Safari Shop. A rubber toy snake is being put through its paces by the ten-year-old Australian bird, as part of the daily Go Wild! Show. Presenter Heather John, pictured top, said: “Adelaide demonstrates how kookaburras would catch snakes in the wild and visitors can Continue reading Adelaide’s toy snake

DZG makes learning fun!

We’ve extended our popular DZG education programme and are inviting teachers to come and find out more during a free open day! Due to demand we’re now offering more than 60 workshops for 2016/2017, with a diverse range of topics aimed for children in early years up to college-aged students. DZG Marketing Assistant, Louise Curtis, Continue reading DZG makes learning fun!

Discovery Centre revamp

We’ve started work on a £20,000 refurbishment of the Discovery Centre – which has been temporarily closed to visitors. The much-needed revamp will transform the Tecton building into an additional indoor eating area as well as education and birthday party rooms and is expected to take six months to complete. Zoo Manager, Matt Lewis, said: Continue reading Discovery Centre revamp

It's officially autumn!

It’s officially autumn and we’ve reverted to reduced opening hours. Visitors will now be able to gain entry to DZG from 10am until 3pm, with the site closing 90 minutes later. Zoo Manager Matt Lewis, said: “At this time of year it drops dusk quite quickly out on site, so we always make sure all Continue reading It’s officially autumn!