Memory retention in octopus

The cognitive abilities of octopus require challenging when housed in captivity. Stimulation through the provision of environmental enrichment, particularly devices involving a food reward or manipulation, can be presented to captive individuals to improve their welfare. By providing a range of environmental enrichment devices, each increasing in complexity and repeatedly presented over a period of time, we can test the physical abilities, motivation and memory retention of octopus in aquatic collections which can form the basis of husbandry practises.


Project team:

Holly Farmer, Paignton Zoo


Davitt, M. and Farmer, H. 2017. Learning and memory capabilities of the common octopus
(Octopus vulgaris). BIAZA Native Species Working Group Conference, Paignton Zoo/Living Coasts, June 2017