Research Projects

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! 

New Research Shows More Birds in Indonesian Households than in the Wild

September 19, 2019

New study, by Manchester Metropolitan University and Chester Zoo, showed there are potentially more birds in households in Indonesia than in the wild, which is threatening the future survival of wild song bird populations.

The EAZA's Silent Forest Campaign has been running since October 2017, fundraising for Asian song bird conservation and undertaking educational and awareness activities.

How Can Sound Impact Visitor Experience in the Zoo?

May 13, 2019

The power of sound... New research aims to find out if zoo visitors would get more out of their visit if they listened more carefully! Bristol Zoo Gardens and Paignton Zoo are involved in this exciting project.

New Study Shows Major Role Zoos & Aquariums Play in Improving Our Knowledge of Species Demographics!

April 29, 2019

A new paper by Species360 shows a massive gap in our knowledge of species demographics, vital for effective conservation strategies, and highlights the major role zoos and aquariums have in filling this gap.

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