The existing animal centre has been established for 17 years. This new replacement centre will accommodate a wide range of species and will be the first of its kind to accommodate a tropical biosphere in which to provide an immersive experience of the natural world.
This facility will enable learners to see how animals and plants interact in surroundings as close to those in the wild as possible. A wide variety of species of taxa from Avian, Amphibia, Reptilian and Mammalian will be housed in naturalistic enclosures enhancing experiences for trainees and visitors to the centre.
The new biome will aim to transport students to the wild – creating a truly immersive experience allowing a connection with animals in a way not previously seen in education in the UK. The College is looking to inspire the naturalists of the future, the generation that will go out into the world and make a difference conserving and preserving the natural world. Education needs to keep pace with the animal industry to equip people with the skills needed to succeed .