Discovery Centre

Charlie's treats!

Blue and gold macaw, Charlie, is getting stuck into new toys and treats following a festive donation from her adopter. Christine Clive, a long-term supporter of the 27-year-old Discovery Centre parrot sent in a stocking full of nutty treats plus the monetary gift which DZG Presenter Heather John spent on a number of goodies from Continue reading Charlie’s treats!

Amy achieves employee award!

We’re sending congratulations to our Presentation Assistant, Amy Hickman, who’s been voted our employee of the month. Amy, who’s based in our Discovery Centre, works as part of our education team, presenting the daily talks and feeds, education sessions and also hosts our paranormal events. She received this month’s accolade alongside gift vouchers after being Continue reading Amy achieves employee award!

New ferrets!

Three adorable ferrets are settling into their new home in the Discovery Centre. Four month-old brothers, Styx and Jynx and sister, Majik have arrived from Rodbaston College in Staffordshire and are already proving to be firm favourites with education staff. Presenter Heather John said: “The ferrets have settled in quickly and we’re already seeing their Continue reading New ferrets!

Face your spider fear!

It’s the time of year when house spiders are starting to make their appearance in homes across the country and for those with fears of the eight-legged critters, why not let DZG help you face them! Our spider close encounters allow visitors to meet the tarantulas who live in our Discovery Centre, while our education Continue reading Face your spider fear!

14 baby rats

The Discovery Centre’s animal count has been boosted by the birth of 14 baby rats – just in time for Halloween! The pups were born on September 11 to mum, Summer and Dad, Zaffie – who are also new arrivals to the DZG collection. Presenter Heather John, said: “It’s Summer’s first litter and she’s done Continue reading 14 baby rats

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