Findings of Largest-Ever Cetacean Welfare Study Have Been Published!
September 15, 2021
The findings of the largest-ever cetacean welfare study have been published! This study, led by University of California Irvine, Chicago Zoological Society/ Brookfield Zoo and University of Florida , analysed data on bottlenose dolphins, beluga whales & white-sided dolphins from 43 institutions in seven countries.
This study provides new findings, information and tools to enhance cetacean welfare, including a new app "ZooPhysioTrak", a database of health and welfare biomarkers to assist institutions with their assessments.
Photo: Georgia Aquarium
"Library of DNA" Stored Underground at Antwerp Zoo
May 25, 2021
Safely kept underground at Antwerp Zoo is a Biobank, containing all sorts of samples from a variety of species. This "library of DNA", which can be preserved in "super freezers" for a very long time, is a very important research tool that can help conservation efforts for threatened species.
Rotterdam Zoo is "Field Lab" for Technological Innovations
May 10, 2021
The Diergaarde Blijdorp/Rotterdam Zoo is a "field lab" for Technische Universiteit Delft, providing the grounds for testing technological innovations in water management and green energy production. Some of the projects include energy production from polluted water ponds, wastewater purification using plants and rainwater storage and reusing.
Scientific Breakthrough with the Production of the First Female Bison Pregnancy Using Sex-Sorted Sperm
May 2, 2021
A team of researchers achieved a scientific breakthrough by producing the first ever female bison pregnancy via artificial insemination using sex-sorted sperm. This achievement is the result of a partnership between Toronto Zoo and University of Saskatchewan, which aims to facilitate conservation breeding efforts for the wood bison by increasing the number of females in herds.
Rotterdam Zoo & Wageningen University Collaborating on Research on Asian Elephant Genetic Health
April 16, 2021
The Rotterdam Zoo & Wageningen University are collaborating on a large-scale research study on the genetic health of captive and wild Asian elephants, a project that has just been awarded a grant by NWO (Dutch Research Council)..
Rotterdam Zoo manages the EAZA Ex-Situ Programme (EEP) for the Asian elephant and this research will help informing conservation efforts for this endangered species.
Brookfield Zoo's Wild Dolphin Research Program is the Longest-Running in the World
April 5, 2021
The Sarasota Dolphin Research Program has been running for 50 years - the world's longest-running study of wild dolphins. Both the research programme and the Sarasota dolphin population are used as models for other dolphin research & conservation programmes.
The programme has been operated by Chicago Zoological Society/Brookfield Zoo since 1989.
Research at French Zoo Helping to Refine Robot for Penguin Research in the Wild
March 16, 2021
A research project at Parc zoologique de Paris, with CNRS & Institut Pluridisciplinaire Hubert Curien - IPHC, is assessing the behavioural response of the zoo-housed Humboldt penguins to two remotely controlled robots. The aim is to refine the design of the robots, so they can be used to approach and study penguin populations in the natural habitat.
Research on Zoo Elephants Helping to Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflicts in the Wild
February 26, 2021
Zoo Research for In-Situ Conservation! The elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo are an integral part of a project that is developing technology to reduce human-wildlife conflicts in Africa & Asia.
A database of thermal images from the zoo-housed elephants is being used to set up cameras to recognise elephants based on their body heat. These cameras can detect nearby elephants, at day or night, and send an alert!
Perspective: "Unleashing the conservation potential of captive parrots by enabling wild behaviours"
January 27, 2021
Our own director Ricardo and his PhD supervisor, Dr. Jackie Chappell, wrote a perspective piece on the importance of enabling natural behaviours in captive parrots, not only for animal welfare in captivity but also for the conservation of their wild counterparts! This is part of Ricardo's PhD research at the University of Birmingham.
First Evidence of Biofluorescence in Tasmanian Devils Documented by Zoo Researchers
December 16, 2020
The researchers at The Toledo Zoo documented what is believed to be the first evidence of biofluorescence in Tasmanian devils. Despite the exciting findings, there is much we don't know about this phenomenon in this species and further research is required!
Loro Parque Supports Research for Threatened Ray Species
October 14, 2020
🌊Loro Parque supports in-situ research for the mantelina, a threatened ray species. The acoustic tagging of some wild individuals, which took place last week, will allow researchers to find out more about the species' habitat use in the Canary Islands.
Younger Singaporeans More Likely to Support Conservation - WRS Survey
October 2, 2020
A survey conducted by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) found that younger Singaporeans are more likely to support conservation efforts...
☑️Ages 16-24: 50% claimed to support conservation efforts;
☑️Ages 45-54: only 20% claimed to do so.
☑️61% claimed the biggest barrier to support conservation was not knowing where to begin.
☑️WRS suggests volunteering to start with!
☑️61% of visitors to WRS zoos learned new facts about animals during visits.
☑️31% of the visiting children showed increased interest in caring for biodiversity.