Creating wild laboratories
We coordinate scientific research in our zoos, nature reserves and in the areas where our international partners are based.
We see these as amazing wild laboratories in which everyone can learn and discover.
We offer a range of different placement opportunities, enabling people to develop skills in ecology, conservation, animal behaviour and husbandry.
Research is an integral part of our mission to help halt species decline. Our teams conduct and supervise research at both of our zoos, as well as via our field programmes in the UK and overseas.
Many of our animals are part of breeding programmes to help increase captive (ex-situ) populations in locations such as zoos and wildlife parks, and to help learn more about species.
We work with Nature’s SAFE, one of Europe’s first living biobanks to help halt the decline of endangered species.
Animal welfare is incredibly important to us, and we are committed to continuous improvement across our zoos.
We accept visiting researchers who wish to carry out independent study within our sites, and we welcome questionnaire and sample requests too.
Our Science & Research Team
Meet the people behind our science and research programmes.