Research Projects

Research Projects

Research at WWCT falls under three broad areas that reflect the wider organisation's conservation strategy:

Ex situ conservation

In situ conservation

Education and advocacy  


Ex situ conservation

  • Development of a rapid diagnostic test for amphibian chytridiomycosis

  • Model systems for the intensive management of highly threatened bird species

  • Social management of captive primate populations

  • Husbandry and nutrition of Darwin’s rhea

  • Development of improved primate diets for health and welfare

  • Pangolin and other insectivore feeding in captivity

  • Behaviour and welfare of ratites in mixed species enclosures

  • Reproductive behaviour and population management of captive seabirds

  • Effect of visitor experiences on animal behaviour and welfare

  • Infant care in small carnivore species

  • Development of improved primate diets for health and welfare 


In situ conservation

  • Trial acoustic monitoring of wild Sulawesi crested black macaques

  • Selamatkan Yaki - save Sulawesi macaques

  • Conserving Hyper-endemic Udzungwa Restricted Amphibians

  • Forest antelope surveys in Tanzania

  • Camera-trap surveys for Aders’ duiker in Kenya’s coastal forests

  • Omo-Shasha-Oluwa Forest Elephant Initiative

  • Management evaluation of WWCT reserves

  • Ecology and genetics of rare, endemic whitebeam species

  • Species recovery of Strapwort, a critically endangered plant

  • Hazel dormice reintroduction

  • White-clawed crayfish reintroduction and awareness-raising


Education and advocacy 

  • The education value of visitor feeding experiences

  • Visitor research - behaviour and engagement

  • Education evaluation toolkit