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Student Research Projects

Students are encouraged to undertake innovative and industry focused research projects as part of their degree. Examples of previous studies include:

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Science

    Suitability of hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) enrichment techniques

    Assessing the nutritional suitability of dog diets

    Investigating nocturnal behaviour for tawny frogmouths

    What is the impact of animal therapy for people and animals

    Investigating the social behaviour of wolves (Canis lupus)

  • FdSc Animal Management and Applied Science

    Does enrichment effect the enclosure use and behaviour of zoo-housed rhea (Rhea americana)?

    Should tortoise foods be chopped?

    What behaviours do captive rodents do at night?

    Assessing the effect of lemur (Eulemur macaco) personality on behaviour.

  • BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour (Top-up)

    Factors impacting pet owners’ decisions when choosing an animal behaviourist for their dogs’ behavioural issues.

    Impact of owner attachment on the behaviour and stress levels of pet dogs.

    Factors influencing choice of feeding site for UK bird species

  • BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology (Top-up)

    Enclosure use and behaviour of reptiles in a mixed-species zoo exhibit

    Social media impact of zoos and aquariums

    Investigating the effect of visitors and observers on black lemur (Eulemur macaco) behaviour

    What do visitors think about carcass feeding for zoo animals?

    Investigating the suitability of fruit free diets for primates

  • MSc Applied Zoo Biology

    Effect of demographics on public preferences of zoo animal traits

    Are praying mantis suitable as flagship ambassadors for invertebrate conservation?

    Flamingos that bump: investigating the social architecture of directed interactions between captive Chilean flamingos

    Group decision making and leadership within flexible social systems: Using captive giraffe (Giraffa) as a model

Student and Staff Research 

  • Student and Staff Research Papers

Collins B., Freeman M., & Hunt K (2019) Anthropomorphism as a conservation tool in non-charismatic species. Poster presentation at BIAZA research Conference 2019

Davies H., Bond J., & Hunt K. (2019) Nutritional analysis on captive aardvarks and separation of termant solution using emulsifier’s. Presented at the EAZA Nutrition conference 2018

Davies, V., Newman A., and Brereton, J (2018) Natural or artificial? How does exhibit design affect electric day gecko (Lygodactylus williamsi) behaviour & people’s perceptions of welfare? Speed presentation at 20th BIAZA research conference

Dyble, R., Hancock, P., Newman, A., and Cameron, L., (2019) The effect of hay net presentation on riding school, stabled, horses (Equus Caballus) forage intake, activity and under rug temperature. Poster at 9th Alltech conference.

Hammerton R., Hunt K., Riley L. (2019) Food for thought: Keeper opinions on welfare and nutritional perspectives of fruit- free feeding in primates. Presented as a talk at the EAZA nutrition conference in January

Hammerton R., Hunt K., Riley L. (2019) Food for thought: Keeper opinions on welfare and nutritional perspectives of fruit- free feeding in primates. Submitted to JZAR

Hammerton R., Jones A., Hunt K., & Riley L (2019) Linking great ape keeper opinions with nutritional analysis: a case for collaboration. Poster presentation at BIAZA Research conference 2019

Harper, C., Newman, A., and Riley, L., (2018) Do female black lemurs (Eulemur macaco) see red? Poster at 20th BIAZA research conference.

Hooper E., Newman A., Hunt K (2018) Enriching the lives of captive wolves. Presented as a poster as the ASAB Winter meeting December 2018

Hooper E., Newman A., Hunt K (2018) Enriching the lives of wolves. Presented as a poster at the BIAZA 20th Anniversary Research Conference July 2018.

Hulbert A., Hunt K., & Rose P (2017) A multi-zoo investigation of nutrient provision for captive red-crested turacos. Zoo Biology, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/zoo.21354

Hunt K., Riley L., & Smyth V (2015) Captive and wild dietary comparisons in black and white ruffed lemurs. Presented as a poster at the Marwell Nutrition seminar November 2015.

Jones, L., Roe, E., Newman, A., and Riley, L., (2018) Aye Aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) behaviour in captivity: A preliminary study. Presented at 20th BIAZA research conference.

Martin K., Cameron L. & Hunt K. (2018) Impact of training method on the heart rate and behaviour of donkeys. Presented as a poster as the ASAB Winter meeting December 2018

McIlroy E., Rose P., & Hunt K (2018) A Study of the current diets and behaviour of captive Blue and gold macaws in UK Zoological collections. Presented as a poster at the Marwell Nutrition seminar Jan 2018.

Roe, E., Newman, A., and Riley, L., (2019) Can breeding behaviour and life history details predict the captive breeding success of aye-ayes (Daubentonia madagascariensis)? A novel use of ZIMS data. Presented at 21st BIAZA research conference

Rose P., Hunt K., & Riley L (2018) Animals in an online world: an evaluation of how zoological collections use social media. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research (6) 57- 63. https://www.jzar.org/jzar/article/view/324

Rose P., Phillipson L., McIlroy E., & Hunt K (2019) Investigating nutritional provisions and any influence of dietary composition on behaviour in a commonly house parrot- a multi zoo study on blue and gold macaws. Presented as a poster at the EAZA nutrition conference in January.

Rose, P. E., Brereton, J. E., & Croft, D. P. (2018). Measuring welfare in captive flamingos: Activity patterns and exhibit usage in zoo-housed birds. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 205, 115-125.

Rose, P. E., Lloyd, I., Brereton, J. E., & Croft, D. P. (2018). Patterns of nocturnal activity in captive greater flamingos. Zoo biology, 37(5), 290-299.

Scales, J. S., Rose, P. E., Brereton, J. E. (2019). Investigating the effects of visitor and keeper presence on black-casqued hornbill behaviour. BIAZA Research conference, Welsh Mountain zoo.

Shora, J., Myhill, M., & Brereton, J. E. (2018). Should zoo foods be coati chopped. Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 6(1), 22-25.

Wiltshire S., Norris-Hill M, & Hunt K. (2018) Factors influencing the mortality rate of bat eared foxes in captivity. Presented as a poster at the BIAZA 20th Anniversary Research Conference July 2018.