Past Research Projects

Zoos are an invaluable source of data for researchers with the results of zoo research having positive implications for improving captive husbandry, breeding of endangered species, knowledge of the habits of difficult to study in the wild species and our understanding of the natural history and biology of the species we keep.  If you are wondering how research with our animals (all of which is unobtrusive and carried out under the guidance of our ethical review committee), or are looking for inspiration for your own university project, below is a list of all of our ongoing and previous research projects:

YearAuthorsLevelTitle
2016Barbanera, F., Moretti, B., Al-Sheikhly, O. F., Guerrini, M., Theng, M., Gupta, B. K., Haba, M. K., Khan, W. A. & Khan, A. A.PhDPhylogeography of the smooth coated otter (Lutrogale perspicillata): distinct evolutionary lineages and hybridization with the Asian small clawed otter (Aonyx cinereus)
2017Dibb, A.MscForaging preferences of 6 habitat generalist bird species
2018Baker, H.BscHuman audiences and captive chimpanzees: a study on the effect of visitors and the impact it creates on their behaviour. Is their welfare compromised?
2018Samuel, A.BscHow do captive ring tailed lemurs respond to unfamiliar (visitors) and familiar (keepers) humans in a walk through enclosure?
2018Paleira Rebelo, E. M.MscManagement, quality of life and veterinary care in ageing zoo animals
2018Attree, E. & Collins, M.MscCoprological survey of gastrointestinal parasites in canine carnivores
2018Bellward, L.PhDInteractive technology use with captive great apes
2018Hooper, E.MscEnriching the Lives of Wolves (Canis lupus)
2018Eckley, L.PhDAvian malaria in zoos - research survey
2018Dibb, J & Dunn, J.BscAn evaluation of semi-wild and captive populations of barbary macaques
2018Oliver, L.BscAn evaluation of public opinions of education and interpretation methods used in zoos
2018Halligan, J.BscAmbient temperature modulates locomotion in the Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth (Choloepus didactylus)
2018Saliveros, A. & McAusland, F.MscSocial Learning and Anti-Predator Behaviour in Otters (subfamily Lutrinae)
2019Richardson, S.BscHow does the presence of zoo visitors affect chimpanzee (pan troglodytes) behaviour and welfare?
2019Harris, B.BscInvestigating grief and bereavement behaviour in response to the death or removal of cohabiting individuals in captive apes.
2019Chissick, E.BscVisitor effects on the enclosure use and activity of tufted capuchins
2019Wouldham, C.BscEnvironment and visitor number effects on faecal cortisol levels and behaviour in captive cheetahs.