Research Projects

"Boom Boom Boom": Researchers Record New Crocodile Vocalisation at Australian Wildlife Park

December 08, 2019

What do crocodiles say? A team of researchers has recorded a new vocalisation while studying the saltwater crocodiles at Hartley's Crocodile Adventures. The "boom boom boom"-like sound seems to be associated with displays but its meaning is still unknown. Learning more about crocodile communication will help improving management in captivity and mitigating human-wildlife conflicts in the wild.

Data Provided By Zoos and Aquariums Vital for Species Conservation: Wildlife Experts Say

December 02, 2019

Zoos and aquariums are holders and contributors of extensive data and knowledge on the biology of many taxa - a vital tool in wildlife conservation. How are these data helping to save species? Wildlife experts explain it, in the following video, by Species360.

Mystic Aquarium's Research Programme Advancing Knowledge and Conservation on Beluga Whales

November 20, 2019

Once approved by the relevant authorities, five beluga whales will be transferred from Marineland (Canada) to the Mystic Aquarium (US), to join their three beluga whales in their conservation-focused research programme on this species.


"Beluga studies at Sea Research Foundation advance knowledge of immune responses (i.e., to infections, toxins, and other stressors), indicators of health (i.e., general and reproduction and behavior), hearing and sound issues, diving physiology, and non-invasive study techniques."

Enclosure Design Tool: Enabling Wildtype Behaviours in Captive Animals

November 08, 2019

Did you know the "Chimpanzee Eden" enclosure at Twycross Zoo, featured in the photo, was designed in collaboration with the University of Birmingham​, under the “Enclosure Design Tool (EDT)” project? The structural complexity within was designed to encourage specific wildtype behaviours and research showed it was successful at doing so! Our director Ricardo’s PhD project also falls under the EDT project and it aims at developing an extension of it to Parrot species, in collaboration with other zoo partners!

Zoo Elephants Helping to Develop Warning Thermal Camera System to Reduce Human-Wildlife Conflicts

November 05, 2019

The elephants at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo​ are helping Arribada conservation tech initiative to develop a warning thermal camera system, which will be used to warn communities of nearby elephants and reduce the risk of injuries and consequent human-wildlife conflicts. Another example of how zoo animals contribute to the conservation of their wild counterparts! 

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