To increase knowledge through sound and ethically justifiable research projects, from which benefits for a species or the management of captive species can be obtained.
Research is at the heart of modern day zoological institutions. It enables us to broaden our knowledge and understanding of animal welfare, husbandry, biology and behaviour, environmental enrichment, ecology and conservation of animals in captivity.
The research provides us with the tools to assess and improve our animals’ welfare and therefore help us to fulfill our conservation goals. This knowledge can then also be applied to aid research and conservation of species in the wild.
Research projects at Blair Drummond Safari Park facilitate both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. All research is coordinated by our Research Department in close collaboration with animal keepers. We welcome research proposals, these will be assessed by our Research Department in terms of ethical guidelines, feasibility and scientific validity.
Before submitting an application, please read the information compiled by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquaria Research Group, this provides very useful information on zoo research, such as project planning, sampling and observation techniques, ethics and statistics, and research guidelines.If you have any queries or problems, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.