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About our animals

The Animal Zone, based at Rodbaston College is home to around 600 animals from over 140 different species from meerkats to monkeys, rabbits to alpacas!

  • About us

    We have been open as a small, licensed zoo since October 2009, opening at weekends and daily during school holidays to the general public. Our primary function is as a centre to teach high-quality practical animal husbandry and care skills to Rodbaston College’s Animal Care learners during college term times.

    From meerkats and marmosets, cockroaches and caiman, we have a diverse and interesting range of animals waiting for you to meet.

    With an exciting mix of both the exotic and some more familiar domestic species, there is something for the whole family. Our regular daily programme of keeper talks and animal encounters means that there is a lot of chances to get up close to some of our fantastic animals and have a truly memorable day out.

    Come along to visit us, our animals and keepers can’t wait to see you. Have a look at the tabs to see a selection of our animals and a few of our star characters to keep an eye out for here at the Animal Zone.

  • Bird species

    The Animal Zone is home to many brilliant, bright and colourful bird species. From the tall to the small, and the bright to the brainy, we have bird species from many different families and from all over the world.

    Bird species list
    • Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
    • Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
    • Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)
    • Lady Amhert’s Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae)
    • White Cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis)
    • Brahminy Mynah (Sturnia pagodarum)
    • Red Billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha)
    • Swainson’s Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
    • Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
    • Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
    • Bicheno Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)
    • Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica)
    • Red Breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)
    • European Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
    • Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
    • Ecuadorian Amazon Parrot (Amazona lilacina)
    • Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
    • Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)
    • Black Cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis)
    • Luzon Bleeding Heart Dove (Gallicolumba luzonica)
    • Java Dove (Streptopelia risoria)
    • Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora)
  • Paddocks species

    The Animal Zone is also home to a variety of larger animals on our Paddocks section. From the world’s largest rodent – South America’s semiaquatic Capybara to one of the world’s smallest horse breeds, the American Miniature Horse, along with a few familiar farmyard friends, there’s always plenty to see down in the paddocks.

    Paddocks species list
    • Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)
    • American Miniature Horse (Equus caballus)
    • Aylesbury Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)
    • Cameroon Sheep (Ovis aries)
    • Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
    • Domestic Goats (Capra hircus)
    • Greater Rhea (Rhea americana)
    • Indian Runner Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)
    • Kune Kune Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)
    • Light Sussex Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
    • Mediterranean Miniature Donkey (Equus asinus)
    • Norfolk Bronze Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
    • Red Necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)
    • Shetland Pony (Equus caballus)
    • Welsh Pony (Equus caballus)
  • Carnivores and exotic mammals

    Although not as fearsome as the big cats or wild wolves of other collections, the Animal Zone is home to several pint-sized predators and other exotic mammals who, whilst not as big, are just as impressive in their own right.

    Exotic mammal species list
    • Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermphroditus)
    • Asian Short Clawed Otters (Aonyx cinereus)
    • Black Lemur (Eulemur macaco)
    • Coati (Nasua nasua)
    • Cotton Topped Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)
    • Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)
    • Geoffroys Marmoset (Callithrix geoffroyi)
    • Kinkajou (Potos flavus)
    • Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
    • Red Fronted Lemur (Eulemur rufifrons)
    • Red Ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra)
    • Ring Tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
    • Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps)
  • Reptiles and Amphibians

    From dry desert heat to lush tropical rainforests, reptiles of all shapes and sizes have adapted to thrive in a vast range of habitats. Here at the Animal Zone, we are home to many varied species of reptile and amphibian who can be seen in our reptile house.

    Reptile list
    • Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus)
    • Rhinocerous Iguana (Cyclura cornuta)
    • Common Boa (Boa constrictor)
    • Argus Monitor (Varanus panoptes)
    • Eastern Blue Tongue Skink (Tiliqua scincoides)
    • Red Tegu (Tupinambis rufescens)
    • Black Tree Monitor (Varanus beccarii)
    • Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei)
    • Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis)
    • Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus )
    • Spiny Tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus)
    • Black Breasted Leaf Turtle (Geoemyda spengleri)
    • Texas Rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri)
    • Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)
    • Saharan Uromastyx (Uromastyx geyri)
    • Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus)
    • Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
    • Sulcata Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)
    • Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
    • Egyptian Tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni)
    • Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri)
    • Marine Toads (Rhinella marina)
    • Amazon Milk Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix)
    • False Tomato Frog (Dyscophus guineti)
    • Fire Skink (Mochlus fernandi)
    • Fly River Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta)
    • African Bull Frog (Pyxicephalus adspersus)
    • Red Bellied Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri)
    • Malawi Cichlids (Assorted species)
  • Animal Adoption

    The perfect gift for the animal lover in your life and valid for 12 months from purchase, the money made from our animal adoptions contributes towards looking after our own animals, as well as endangered animals around the world.

    • Single adoption price: £30
    • Family adoption price: £40
    Our single adoption pack include:
    • A presentation folder
    • A certificate of adoption
    • An animal fact sheet about your chosen animal
    • A 7”x5” glossy photograph of your chosen animal
    • One admission ticket to the Animal Zone for the adopter.
    • Animal Zone keyring/magnet
    • Your name on our Animal Adoptions Board
    A family adoption pack include:
    • A presentation folder
    • A certificate of adoption.
    • An animal fact sheet about your chosen animal
    • A 7”x5” glossy photograph of your chosen animal
    • One family admission ticket to the Animal Zone (2 adults, 2 children)
    • 2 x Animal Zone keyring/magnet
    • Your family’s name on our Animal Adoptions Board

    A proportion of all money raised from animal adoptions goes straight to our conservation charities helping save animals in the wild.

    Please note animal adoptions at the Animal Zone adopt the species and not a specific individual animal. Adopted animals, whilst grateful for your support, will stay with us at the Animal Zone. Adoptions can take up to 5 working days to process, while we aim to get orders out as soon as possible, at busy times this can take longer.

    Animal Adoptions are available on all species listed on these pages. For more information on adoptions available or for special requests please contact: azbookings@southstaffs.ac.uk

  • About us

    We have been open as a small, licensed zoo since October 2009, opening at weekends and daily during school holidays to the general public. Our primary function is as a centre to teach high-quality practical animal husbandry and care skills to Rodbaston College’s Animal Care learners during college term times.

    From meerkats and marmosets, cockroaches and caiman, we have a diverse and interesting range of animals waiting for you to meet.

    With an exciting mix of both the exotic and some more familiar domestic species, there is something for the whole family. Our regular daily programme of keeper talks and animal encounters means that there is a lot of chances to get up close to some of our fantastic animals and have a truly memorable day out.

    Come along to visit us, our animals and keepers can’t wait to see you. Have a look at the tabs to see a selection of our animals and a few of our star characters to keep an eye out for here at the Animal Zone.

  • Bird species

    The Animal Zone is home to many brilliant, bright and colourful bird species. From the tall to the small, and the bright to the brainy, we have bird species from many different families and from all over the world.

    Bird species list
    • Scarlet Ibis (Eudocimus ruber)
    • Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
    • Demoiselle Crane (Anthropoides virgo)
    • Lady Amhert’s Pheasant (Chrysolophus amherstiae)
    • White Cheeked Turaco (Tauraco leucotis)
    • Brahminy Mynah (Sturnia pagodarum)
    • Red Billed Blue Magpie (Urocissa erythroryncha)
    • Swainson’s Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus)
    • Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae)
    • Zebra Finch (Taeniopygia guttata)
    • Bicheno Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii)
    • Japanese Quail (Coturnix japonica)
    • Red Breasted Goose (Branta ruficollis)
    • European Barn Owl (Tyto alba)
    • Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae)
    • Ecuadorian Amazon Parrot (Amazona lilacina)
    • Budgerigar (Melopsittacus undulatus)
    • Cockatiel (Nymphicus hollandicus)
    • Black Cheeked Lovebird (Agapornis nigrigenis)
    • Luzon Bleeding Heart Dove (Gallicolumba luzonica)
    • Java Dove (Streptopelia risoria)
    • Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora)
  • Paddocks species

    The Animal Zone is also home to a variety of larger animals on our Paddocks section. From the world’s largest rodent – South America’s semiaquatic Capybara to one of the world’s smallest horse breeds, the American Miniature Horse, along with a few familiar farmyard friends, there’s always plenty to see down in the paddocks.

    Paddocks species list
    • Alpaca (Vicugna pacos)
    • American Miniature Horse (Equus caballus)
    • Aylesbury Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)
    • Cameroon Sheep (Ovis aries)
    • Capybara (Hydrochoerus hydrochaeris)
    • Domestic Goats (Capra hircus)
    • Greater Rhea (Rhea americana)
    • Indian Runner Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus)
    • Kune Kune Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus)
    • Light Sussex Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus)
    • Mediterranean Miniature Donkey (Equus asinus)
    • Norfolk Bronze Turkey (Meleagris gallopavo)
    • Red Necked Wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus)
    • Shetland Pony (Equus caballus)
    • Welsh Pony (Equus caballus)
  • Carnivores and exotic mammals

    Although not as fearsome as the big cats or wild wolves of other collections, the Animal Zone is home to several pint-sized predators and other exotic mammals who, whilst not as big, are just as impressive in their own right.

    Exotic mammal species list
    • Asian palm civet (Paradoxurus hermphroditus)
    • Asian Short Clawed Otters (Aonyx cinereus)
    • Black Lemur (Eulemur macaco)
    • Coati (Nasua nasua)
    • Cotton Topped Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)
    • Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo)
    • Geoffroys Marmoset (Callithrix geoffroyi)
    • Kinkajou (Potos flavus)
    • Meerkat (Suricata suricatta)
    • Red Fronted Lemur (Eulemur rufifrons)
    • Red Ruffed Lemur (Varecia rubra)
    • Ring Tailed Lemur (Lemur catta)
    • Sugar Gliders (Petaurus breviceps)
  • Reptiles and Amphibians

    From dry desert heat to lush tropical rainforests, reptiles of all shapes and sizes have adapted to thrive in a vast range of habitats. Here at the Animal Zone, we are home to many varied species of reptile and amphibian who can be seen in our reptile house.

    Reptile list
    • Cuvier’s Dwarf Caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus)
    • Rhinocerous Iguana (Cyclura cornuta)
    • Common Boa (Boa constrictor)
    • Argus Monitor (Varanus panoptes)
    • Eastern Blue Tongue Skink (Tiliqua scincoides)
    • Red Tegu (Tupinambis rufescens)
    • Black Tree Monitor (Varanus beccarii)
    • Jungle Carpet Python (Morelia spilota cheynei)
    • Green Tree Python (Morelia viridis)
    • Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus )
    • Spiny Tailed Monitor (Varanus acanthurus)
    • Black Breasted Leaf Turtle (Geoemyda spengleri)
    • Texas Rat snake (Elaphe obsoleta lindheimeri)
    • Bearded Dragon (Pogona vitticeps)
    • Saharan Uromastyx (Uromastyx geyri)
    • Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus)
    • Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
    • Sulcata Tortoise (Centrochelys sulcata)
    • Leopard Tortoise (Stigmochelys pardalis)
    • Egyptian Tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni)
    • Pancake Tortoise (Malacochersus tornieri)
    • Marine Toads (Rhinella marina)
    • Amazon Milk Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix)
    • False Tomato Frog (Dyscophus guineti)
    • Fire Skink (Mochlus fernandi)
    • Fly River Turtle (Carettochelys insculpta)
    • African Bull Frog (Pyxicephalus adspersus)
    • Red Bellied Piranha (Pygocentrus nattereri)
    • Malawi Cichlids (Assorted species)
  • Animal Adoption

    The perfect gift for the animal lover in your life and valid for 12 months from purchase, the money made from our animal adoptions contributes towards looking after our own animals, as well as endangered animals around the world.

    • Single adoption price: £30
    • Family adoption price: £40
    Our single adoption pack include:
    • A presentation folder
    • A certificate of adoption
    • An animal fact sheet about your chosen animal
    • A 7”x5” glossy photograph of your chosen animal
    • One admission ticket to the Animal Zone for the adopter.
    • Animal Zone keyring/magnet
    • Your name on our Animal Adoptions Board
    A family adoption pack include:
    • A presentation folder
    • A certificate of adoption.
    • An animal fact sheet about your chosen animal
    • A 7”x5” glossy photograph of your chosen animal
    • One family admission ticket to the Animal Zone (2 adults, 2 children)
    • 2 x Animal Zone keyring/magnet
    • Your family’s name on our Animal Adoptions Board

    A proportion of all money raised from animal adoptions goes straight to our conservation charities helping save animals in the wild.

    Please note animal adoptions at the Animal Zone adopt the species and not a specific individual animal. Adopted animals, whilst grateful for your support, will stay with us at the Animal Zone. Adoptions can take up to 5 working days to process, while we aim to get orders out as soon as possible, at busy times this can take longer.

    Animal Adoptions are available on all species listed on these pages. For more information on adoptions available or for special requests please contact: azbookings@southstaffs.ac.uk

PJ the Ecuadorian Amazon Parrot
Creature Feature

PJ, Ecuadorian Amazon Parrot, Amazona lilacina

In her younger life, PJ the Ecuadorian Amazon Parrot, Amazona lilacina, was kept as somebody’s pet before being donated to us here at the Animal Zone. PJ was joined here by her partner Duncan in 2014 as part of a European breeding programme. Her mate Duncan hatched at Chester Zoo, before being paired up with PJ in the hope that they breed and help save their species.

The Ecuadorian Amazon Parrot was classified by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as an Endangered species in 2014 as there were thought to be fewer than 600 individuals left in the wild.

In the wild, Ecuadorian Amazon Parrots are found only in 2 locations within the tropical forests of south west Ecuador. The wild birds in these habitats are still currently under threat from fire, illegal logging and poaching.

Animal Adoption Certificate

The perfect gift for the animal lover in your life and valid for 12 months from purchase, the money made from our animal adoptions contributes towards looking after our own animals, as well as endangered animals around the world.

  • Single adoption price: £30
  • Family adoption price: £40
Our single adoption pack include:
  • A presentation folder
  • A certificate of adoption
  • An animal fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • A 7”x5” glossy photograph of your chosen animal
  • One admission ticket to the Animal Zone for the adopter.
  • Animal Zone keyring/magnet
  • Your name on our Animal Adoptions Board
A family adoption pack include:
  • A presentation folder
  • A certificate of adoption.
  • An animal fact sheet about your chosen animal
  • A 7”x5” glossy photograph of your chosen animal
  • One family admission ticket to the Animal Zone (2 adults, 2 children)
  • 2 x Animal Zone keyring/magnet
  • Your family’s name on our Animal Adoptions Board

A proportion of all money raised from animal adoptions goes straight to our conservation charities helping save animals in the wild.

Please note animal adoptions at the Animal Zone adopt the species and not a specific individual animal. Adopted animals, whilst grateful for your support, will stay with us at the Animal Zone. Adoptions can take up to 5 working days to process, while we aim to get orders out as soon as possible, at busy times this can take longer.

Animal Adoptions are available on all species listed on these pages. For more information on adoptions available or for special requests please contact: azbookings@southstaffs.ac.uk