Final preparations!

Keepers are making last-minute preparations for the Big Opening of our Reptile House this afternoon.

The new-look centre will be opened by ecologist Mike Dilger, a familiar face on BBC1’s The One Show, at 2pm – come along and join the fun!


The Reptile House, which was originally opened by Sir Peter Scott in May 1956, has undergone a £15,000 facelift to include remodelling of enclosures, installing timber flooring and cladding to walls around the public-viewing corridors and the construction of a new glazed dual entrance.

All work has been carried out in-house by DZG’s Development Team.

CEO?Peter Suddock said:?”Our collection of reptiles is very popular with the public, and while the refurbishment is certainly for the animals’ benefit, it will also make the Reptile House more attractive for visitors. 

“We are delighted that Mike has agreed to perform the opening ceremony. We met when he came to DZG in January with The One Show team, to film us coping in heavy snowfall, and the staff loved him.

“He’s familiar with the site and our work and was genuinely interested in our plans for the future and was keen to learn all about our collection.”

He added: “We have a new team of reptile keepers working within the section and they have come up with some strong ideas for the enclosures which they undertook throughout the winter months.

“The revamp will herald a new era for the Reptile House which is now becoming an even bigger favourite with many of our members.”