Research Projects

Zoo Attendance Increases with Number, Size and Rareness of Animals

February 05, 2020

A new published study showed that zoos that house more and larger animals have greater attendance, which then results in greater contributions to in-situ conservation! Unusual species and proximity to large populations also positively impacts attendance...


This study was the result of a collaboration between Trinity College Dublin, Species360 & National University of Ireland, Galway, and provides valuable information for zoos to manage (and potentially improve) their attendance.

Living Coasts' New Partnership and Project for the Protection of Torbay's Seagrass Meadows

January 28, 2020

Zoo Conservation, Research and Education in Action at Wild Planet Trust's Living Coasts! In partnership with Valeport, this project aims to protect Torbay's seagrass meadows, the wildlife-rich "underwater gardens" with an important function in fighting climate change, via scientific research and public education!

"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."

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