Human beings are primates. Other primates can help unsolved questions long asked about our own species. The way humans analyse physical social cues and act accordingly has been a topic of study for thousands of years. Dartmoor Zoos four Vervet Monkeys, Jay, Kiki, Ayana, Keyla are helping to understand how primates analyse facial cues and act in a way that is best.
Animal welfare is of high importance here at Dartmoor Zoo. Using research techniques is an ideal way to better understand and improve captive animal welfare.New research conducted by the Dartmoor Zoo research team is assessing enrichment methods on European Brown Bear. Finding out what Ben, Hayley and Fudge our three Brown Bears like to do with their time is helping to create methods that all carers of bear can use to make sure their animals are as happy as possible.So don’t be surprised to see our bears playing with puzzles or swinging on ropes!
Dartmoor Zoo's in-house research team saw a future husbandry change as an ideal opportunity to study and improve animal welfare. With a Scarlett Macaw soon to move to Newquay Zoo, ‘Buzz’ our Blue and Gold Macaw would be alone. We wanted to know if the loss of Buzz’s long term partner would have negative effects on his behaviour and welfare.
After a four month study, we got to know Buzz very well, particularly how he acted with his partner, Jasper. Contrary to expectations, since Jasper moved on, Buzz has proven to be much happier. Now he lives in a larger, improved enclosure where he is happy to be fed by hand and can be seen frequently dancing to music.