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In 2022, GRI opened a unique and immersive Wildlife Discovery Centre in Lusaka National Park. The centre not only provides free conservation education to over 5,000 children every year but is also the new home of our renowned Elephant Nursery, which has moved in its entirety from Lilayi.  Fully accessible to all, the Wildlife Discovery Centre will welcome an estimated 40,000 local and international visitors each year to immerse themselves in interactive displays and exhibits that will highlight conservation issues and the efforts to resolve them. Through the centre, we aim to make a significant long-term contribution to the protection of wildlife and wild spaces by showcasing Zambia’s natural wealth, increasing environmental awareness and inspiring greater conservation stewardship. 

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support the centre

Find out how you can get involved and support the Wildlife Discovery Centre.

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find out more

Find out more about what's inside the Wildlife Discovery Centre.

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visit the centre

Find all of the information you need to visit the Wildlife Discovery Centre here.

The Opening Ceremony

On 8th August 2022, the Wildlife Discovery Centre was opened by

The Minister of Tourism of The Republic of Zambia, The Honourable, Rodney Sikumba. 

Kids in conservation

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Through our ‘Kids for Conservation’ programme we will be providing unique education experiences for groups of 20 children from low-resource Zambian schools, as they spend the day at the Centre connecting to the wildlife that makes Zambia so special.. You can be part of this experience by sponsoring a day for a school at the Wildlife Discovery Centre for just £250.

Not only will you be inspiring the next generation of Conservation Rangers in Zambia, but you can also connect your sponsorship to a school in your area. As partners they will receive an education pack, direct from Zambia, which will include a video tour of the Elephant Nursery by a Wildlife Ranger, presentations on Zambia’s wildlife and habitats and the threats they face, team activities and games, and a direct-link video call with the school in Zambia you have supported!

hospitality opportunity at the wildlife discovery centre

We are currently seeking a partner to operate the café facility at the WDC. 


The building has already been build and includes a kitchen, storeroom, office, 2 bathrooms and a large veranda space for seating.  There is additional space around the café for seating.  We are looking for a tenant that would ideally source local produce, buy seasonally and produce a large bistro type menu for breakfast and lunches.   The opening hours would be Monday to Sunday, 9am to 5pm. 


Lusaka National Park is expecting to welcome over 15,000 people in its first year and to grow to 30,000 per annum in the next 5 years.  The café is external to the Wildlife Discovery Centre so will benefit from visitors to the park regardless of entry to the Wildlife Discovery Centre. 


For more information on this opportunity, please download our tender document below. 


250,000 school children engaged and educated in conservation
by 2050.


Approximately 70 positions supported and created, available to local communities.


Encourage tourism business to Lusaka National Park and the surrounding communities.

our partners in conservation

The GRI - Wildlife Discovery Centre is being built with funding by