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Project title
Investigation into the behaviour of captive Humboldt penguins (Spheniscus humboldti) before and after the introduction of artificial kelp into their pool.
Contact name
Dr Justine Shotton MRCVS and Dani Free
Project based at
Project description
The project entails using the Animal Welfare Assessment Grid (AWAG) to measure the behaviour of captive Humboldt penguins. This will be done to measure the behavioural status quo of the flock and repeated after the reintroduction of artificial kelp into their pool to look for any differences. The behaviour data will then be correlated with clinical and management data regarding presence of lameness or foot lesions likely to be associated with pododermatitis or other problems. Together this data will help inform best practice in the management of zoo penguins.
Additional requirements
Veterinary or behavioural background would be beneficial.
Available support
Access to data, mentorship and desk space on some days available.
Selection and eligibility
The timescale of the project may mean that individual students may only be able to perform parts of the overall project.
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