Research is now key to the progression of zoological collections and is one item at the heart of such places.
Research enables all those involved to increase and broaden their knowledge on all topics relating to animal management and conservation including: animal husbandry, welfare, behaviour, biology, enrichment and ecology.
Research at the centre enables us to assess and consequently improve upon our animal's welfare and help us to achieve the best possible husbandry standards, whilst helping us to fulfil both our welfare and conservation targets. It is this kind of research that can then be applied to aid research of our species in the wild.
Research at the Hemsley Conservation Centre can be carried out by both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as those studying at a further education level. All research is to be carried out by students currently studying a relevant animal management course at college or university. All research is co-ordinated by our head of education, research and interpretation who works closely with keepers.
If you are thinking of submitting an application, please take a look at the BIAZA Research Group, this website provides very useful information on all aspects of zoo research, from project planning to sampling methods, ethics, statistics and research guidelines.
We are currently working on a research priority list, but we do welcome structured plans. These will then be assessed by our research personnel in terms of ethical guidelines, scientific validity and feasibility.
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