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Conservation & research

Welcome to the Dartmoor Institute of Animal Science 

Dartmoor Zoo’s research department is dedicated to encouraging, supporting and conducting research that helps improve captive animal management. Our aim is to be a leading animal cognition research centre.

We’re at the beginning of this exciting journey after building the Dartmoor Institute of Animal Science (DIAS) POD, in partnership with Plymouth University.  

Research is one of the key objectives for Dartmoor Zoo and is highlighted as a major role for modern zoos to be a part of by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA). 

We aim to establish a world class research centre in animal cognition, exploring animal consciousness to promote the rights and welfare of animals everywhere.  

Our work however is also about regenerating people, using the platform of the zoo to encourage volunteering, training, health, and education.  

Dartmoor Zoo’s research includes both animal-based and visitor studies. Each year we have a priority list of research that we work towards, with the help of our research students from Universities across the country.

Our current research priorities are animal nutrition, nocturnal behaviour, the impact of nature on human health and wellbeing and improving animal husbandry and welfare.

Conservation projects

Dartmoor Zoo is a charity devoted to the worldwide conservation of animals and their habitats.

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Research projects & publications

Our researchers undertake a variety of studies that range from creating new enrichment programmes for our animals to developing innovative educational resources.

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Research students

Dartmoor Zoo welcomes external researchers, including students, who wish to conduct research at the zoo.

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The British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) is the professional body representing the best zoos and aquariums in the UK and Ireland.

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Here at DZS, we work hard to live by our sustainable ethos.

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Biodiversity report

Dartmoor Zoo plays an important role in native biodiversity conservation.

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