Research Pass

This application process is for projects that contribute to an academic qualification higher than a Master’s degree and research carried out by qualified researchers from other zoos or institutions.

Please read the Research Policy carefully and then download the relevant application documents below.

Please follow the instructions carefully and ensure that the forms are completed accurately as incomplete forms will not be processed.

NB Projects supported by BIAZA/EEP/TAG are more likely to be approved. You are strongly recommended to receive approval before you submit an application.


Biological sample requests only
(e.g. faeces, urine, hair, blood)
What You Need: Research Policy and Biological Sample Request Form

Projects requiring other types of data
(e.g. behavioural data, questionnaires, film footage for research purposes)
What You Need: Research PolicyResearch Proposal Form and Application for a Research Pass

Projects requiring biological samples AND other types of data 
What You Need: Research Policy, Biological Sample Request Form, Research Proposal Form and Application for a Research Pass


We aim to assess applications within four weeks of receipt. The review process may be longer depending on the number of projects under review at any given time.

As soon as the review process has been completed you'll receive an email letting you know the outcome of your application.

We strongly recommend you apply well in advance.


Please note: When sending the hardcopies of application form to the zoo, please make sure you pay the correct postage. We're a registered charity so won't be able to pay for any missing postage or additional charges, so your item won't be delivered.


Any questions?

Check our frequently asked questions about research at Chester Zoo.