Conservation & Science Resources

Here's a selection of conservation and science resources you may find useful.

A selection of publications by Chester Zoo staff is available here.

For a more detailed bibliography of publications and technical reports producted by staff, students and associates of the zoo, please refer to the appendices of our Annual Reports.


Science Reviews

You can download our 2015 Science review here (PDF, 1.4 mb)

2014 Science review here (PDF, 17mb)

2013 Science Review (PDF, 9mb)

2012 Science Review (PDF, 3mb)

(View Science Review Appendix 3 spreadsheet.)


Zoos and Conservation Bibliography

We have compiled a comprehensive bibliography of literature on the topic of zoos and conservation, from 1960 onwards. Download the bibliography.

New contributions are welcome, please email


Conservation Impact

Zoos and aquariums supporting field conservation need to ensure that their investments in conservation are making a significant impact. Alongside WAZA, we developed the Project Conservation Impact Summary Form.

The form is designed to provide an easy format for project coordinators to summarise project achievements and for these achievements to be evaluated for their conservation impact in a standardised manner.

For more information and to download a copy of the form, please visit the WAZA website


Veterinary Procedures

The Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act, 1986 and the performance procedures by veterinary surgeons 


Zoo Research

Here are some useful websites to assist with your research project:

British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA)
Practical advice on how to set up a research project can be found in the BIAZA Zoo Research Guidelines, which can be downloaded for free from the BIAZA website. Volumes cover a range of areas of zoo research, including behavioural observations, nutrition and diet evaluations, assessments of visitor effects, and statistics.

European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA)
Here you can access the EAZA Research Strategy, which sets out a clear and purposeful research vision and mission. It establishes primary goals and a detailed action plan with objectives that are specific, measurable, realistic and time-bound.

World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA)
Here you can find out more about science and research in WAZA zoos.

Zoolex (Zoo design organisation)
ZooLex publishes and disseminates information related to zoo enclosure design. You can find out more information about some of Chester Zoo’s exhbits, like ‘Spirit of the Jaguar’ and ‘Realm of the Red Ape’, on their website.