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Research students

We’re proud to be helping to train the next generation of scientists. We collaborate with several universities across the country and support students during their Bachelors, Masters and PhD.

Dartmoor Zoo welcomes external researchers, including students, who wish to conduct research at the zoo. We prioritise research that will have a positive impact to our living world, either through the promotion of improved animal management or through the promotion of conservation through education.

We welcome collaborations with PhD students and professional researchers as well as welcoming masters students and offering placement year opportunities to students studying at undergraduate level.

Research Handbook

If you are interested in working with Dartmoor Zoo on a project, please read through and complete the zoo research handbook.

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Our staff and students:

Lorna Turner-Jepson – Research Officer at DZS

Lorna has a BSc in Applied Zoology and is currently completing MSc in Zoo Conservation.

She volunteered with Dartmoor Zoo since 2018 before becoming Research Officer in 2020.

Her main research focus has been on the effects of various interventions for anticipatory behaviours.

Alex Wilton – Student

Alex is completing a research placement with Dartmoor Zoo while studying Environmental Science with Plymouth University.

Alex’s studies have been focused on the continuing development of Dartmoor Zoo’s biodiversity action plan and the effects of temperature on the behaviours of cheetah and jaguars.

Josh Mathis – Student

Josh is currently studying Conservation Biology with Plymouth University.

While at Dartmoor Zoo, Josh has developed a husbandry training programme for the black and white tegu and designed a digital form of enrichment for the gelada with an additional study focusing on gelada enclosure usage.

Charlotte Stuart-Hall – Student

Charlotte is bringing a psychology focus with her placement, working on studies such as engagement levels of visitors to the zoo and measuring the progress of students within the Superkids programme. She is also working with Rebecca McFarland on the themed enclosure.

Rebecca McFarland – Student

Rebecca has also been working on visitor engagement in addition to designing a themed enclosure that will enhance the educational aspects of conservation.

Rebecca Tucker – Student

Rebecca is busy designing a conservation based garden for the zoo.