Reproductive behaviour and population management of captive seabirds

Macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus)

Due to a decline in wild population numbers, the macaroni penguin (Eudyptes chrysolophus) is now captively managed as an EAZA European Endangered Species Programme (ESB) by staff at Living Coasts. The captive population is coordinated in terms of specific demographic and genetic objectives. There are only three collections currently housing macaroni penguins in EAZA and breeding success is limited. By studying the long-term breeding behaviour of the group at Living Coasts and through analysis of the studbook, we aim to determine the best practises for housing and husbandry of the species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population. 
 

Tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata)

Living Coasts houses the only European population of tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata). In the last 11 years, breeding success in this species has been limited. The husbandry, enclosure design and seasonal variation in behaviour are the focus of a long-term study on this group of seabirds with findings contributing to in-house recommendations to improve the breeding success of F.cirrhata housed at Living Coasts.

 

Project team:

Holly Farmer, Paignton Zoo
Clare Rugg, Living Coasts
Amy Plowman, Paignton Zoo

Outputs:

Pacynko, S., Plowman, A. 2016. Breeding behaviour and success of tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata): an investigation into the effects of human disturbance. 17th Annual BIAZA Research Conference, Yorkshire Wildlife Park, June 2016.

Waterman, J., Griffin, J. Keetman, L. and Farmer, H.L. 2015. Breeding behaviour and success of tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata): an investigation into the effects of husbandry and social environment. Presentation at the 17th Annual BIAZA Research Conference, Dublin Zoo, Ireland, July 2015.

Griffin, J., Keetman, L. and Farmer, H.L. 2014. Breeding behaviour and success of tufted puffins (Fratercula cirrhata): an investigation into the effects of husbandry and social environment. Presentation at the 16th Annual BIAZA Research Symposium, Blair Drummond Safari Park, July 2014.