Our Research Themes

Zoos around the world can play an important role in research relating to plants, animals, and people, which can contribute to scientific knowledge in areas such as natural history, population biology, taxonomy, animal husbandry and welfare, and disease and health management.

This can include specific, applied research that contributes to the conservation of a threatened species or a related species (in or ex situ), including the development of new procedures or practices.

Chester Zoo has developed specialised research capacity in the following main disciplines: animal behaviour, endocrinology, nutrition, veterinary and environmental education research, which is led by staff with scientific expertise in their field.

A selection of the publications by Chester Zoo staff can be found in the bibliography.

In addition, we support a number of projects carried out by visiting students and other external researchers, and we develop collaborative partnerships with research institutions and in situ conservation partners. Chester Zoo staff are actively involved with the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) Research Group and various international bodies. We have also adopted and support the EAZA Research Strategy.

Our research findings directly influence evidence-based conservation and husbandry practices, as well as contribute to a wider body of scientific knowledge.

If you’re interested in conducting research with Chester Zoo, you can find out more here.