EARTH Discovery Center at Southwick’s Zoo

Our home base, the EARTH Discovery Center, is located in Southwick’s Zoo in Mendon, MA. This is where we house and care for our education animals and perform live presentations for zoo visitors. Visitors are also welcome to come inside the building to get a closer look at our animals and to speak with our staff and interns. EARTH memberships can also be purchased at the Discovery Center.

If you have any questions about memberships, ZooMobiles, education programs, or anything else EARTH related, you can call the Discovery Center at 1-800-258-9182 ext 208.

Presentation Schedule

Spring (May-June) & Fall (September-October) Weekends
1:00pm Remarkable Reptiles
2:00pm Amazing Adaptations
3:00pm Fur, Feathers & Scales
Spring & Fall: Monday-Friday:
Times are posted at the EARTH Discovery Center or you can call 1-800-258-9182 ext 208

Summer (July&August) 7 days a week
1:00pm Remarkable Reptiles
2:00pm Amazing Adaptations
3:00pm Fur, Feathers & Scales


 Meet Some of Our Animal Ambassadors

We care for a number of different species at the EARTH Discovery Center. A full list can be found on Southwick’s Zoo’s website here. Here are a few of the animals that live in the EARTH Discovery Center.



Dill the Three-Banded Armadillo
Dill the armadillo is always a hit at ZooMobiles! These unique creatures are one of the two species of armadillo that can completely roll into a ball. They have armored bands connected by flexible skin that allow them to roll up and protect their vulnerable underparts.


Brock the Yellow-Naped Amazon Parrot
Brock isn’t typically used for programs, but he can be found in the EARTH Discovery Center. Brock was originally someone’s pet, but when they could no longer care for him they gave him to the zoo. Parrots and macaws are popular as pets due to their intelligence, however they are not suitable pets for everyone. They require a great deal of attention and may become loud and destructive if not properly cared for.



Gilly the American Alligator
Gilly is a baby alligator we care for in the EARTH Discovery Center. Right now he is small enough to handle and use for education programs. Full grown male alligators can reach lengths of 10-15 ft and weigh up to 1,000 lbs!



Coco the Coatimundi
Coco is one of our most recent additions at the Discovery Center. Coatis are a South American mammal related to raccoons. Coatis have long flexible snouts that help them forage for food.



Rufus the Red Kangaroo
Rufus is popular with both EARTH staff and visitors. He is a young red kangaroo that had to be hand raised by zoo staff after he was found pulled from his mother’s pouch in 2013. He now lives with the rest of the kangaroos in the main habitat, but is occasionally still used for ZooMobiles.

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