Dr Kathy Baker

Education and Research Officer

2001 – 2004 BSc (Hons) Zoology, Liverpool John Moores University
2004 – 2005 MSc Zoo Conservation Biology, University of Plymouth
2006 - 2012 PhD Cross species comparisons of primate personality and implications for captive management
2009 – 2010 Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (LTHE) Certificate, Higher Education Academy University of Exeter

Based at Newquay Zoo

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Role and research interests

My main role is to manage the zoo-based research and higher education delivery for Newquay Zoo. I coordinate and directly supervise student projects from FdSc to MSc level. My research focus covers a wide range of behaviour and welfare related topics. In particular cross species comparisons of animal personality, the evaluation of personality as a management tool for captive animals, and multi-institutional research to inform management practices for captive animals.

Professional Activity

I teach on a range of courses through Cornwall College Newquay; FdSc Animal Behaviour and Psychology, FdSc Zoological Conservation and FdSc Wildlife Education and Media. I also teach on the Zoo Conservation Biology MSc at Plymouth University. I am a committee member of SHAPE—UK-Ireland, the regional division of The Shape of Enrichment, Inc. that is dedicated to furthering enrichment efforts in the UK and Ireland. I am also a member of the Primate Society of Great Britain.


The use of personality assessments in the management and conservation of captive species

Effects of visitor experiences on animal behaviour and welfare

The education value of visitor feeding experiences

Infant care in small carnivore species

Selected publications

1. Baker, K. R. and Pullen, P. K. 2013. The impact of housing and husbandry on the personality of cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). The Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research. 1: 35-40

2. Baker, K., Pankhurst, S., and Walter, O. 2013. Behavioural Profiling. Ed. K. Baker. In: Bishop, J., Hosey, G. and Plowman, A. (Eds.) 2013. Handbook of Zoo Research, Guidelines for Conducting Research in Zoos. London. BIAZA. pp 119-133.

3. Baker, K., Lea, S. and Melfi, V. 2013. Personality assessment of three species of captive monkey Macaca nigra, Macaca sylvanus, and Saimiri sciureus: cross-species comparisons of primate personality. Zoo Research News BIAZA Research Group Newsletter 14.3 supplement

4. Baker, K. and Melfi, V. 2010. An overview of carcass feeding: health, behaviour and public perception. Zoo Research News BIAZA Research Group Newsletter 11.3, supplement