Research themes

***PLEASE NOTE: As a precaution against the spread of COVID-19, Bristol Zoological Society has made the difficult decision to restrict research on site. As such, we are not currently accepting external research applications. Please continue to monitor our website for further information.***


The original habitat of many species, terrestrial and aquatic, is being destroyed at an accelerating rate. This is usually associated with an alteration to the remaining habitat, which becomes degraded, fragmented or in other ways disturbed by human activities.

During the last 15 years, an increasing number of studies have focussed on the way that different species respond to human-induced change of their habitats. These responses are varied and range from population decline to adaptation and development of new behavioural strategies.

We also welcome post-doctoral research associates and professional researchers (link to postdoc/prof researchers page) that wish to undertake in situ or ex situ conservation-focused research projects here at the Zoo or abroad.

Possible topics may include:

  • Studies that contribute to the knowledge base for threatened species in the wild or at Bristol Zoological Society.
  • Studies that directly aid in the conservation of wild populations.
  • Studies that benefit the welfare, husbandry and/or captive propagation of zoo animals that are part of Endangered Species Programmes such as EEPs and ESBs.
  • Studies on less endangered species that can be used as a model for threatened species.
  • Studies that examine the interaction of humans and wildlife (both in situ and ex situ, including projects at Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project)

Click here for our Research form.

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