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Research policy

1. All research must be compatible with the Mission Statement of the organisation.

2. Research will be encouraged particularly which links, or is relevant to Bristol Zoo Gardens’ Research Strategy, its living collections, in situ programmes or education programmes.

3. All research undertaken must be for the net benefit of the individual subject(s), and/or the species that are the subject(s) of the research, and/or the ecosystem that the species are part of, and/or for the benefit of the organisation. Where no such benefit is demonstrated research projects may only be approved if clear learning outcomes can be demonstrated. Approval is not normally given to research requiring a Home Office license for any of its components (including such components that are not directly carried out at Bristol Zoo Gardens).

4. Research may be undertaken in association with Bristol Zoo Gardens through study of the living collections, through examination of other aspects of the work of the Zoo Gardens (including the zoo’s in situ programmes), through the involvement of Bristol Zoo personnel or through funding support being provided by the Zoo Gardens.

5. All research to be undertaken in association with Bristol Zoo Gardens must be assessed and approved prior to commencement to ensure scientific and ethical validity, that animal welfare is not compromised, and that it complies with relevant UK and EU legal requirements.

6. All research carried out must be reported in full, and the Zoo should be advised, in advance, of publication plans. Publication of results in peer-reviewed journals or conference proceedings is to be encouraged. Copies of any publication resulting from research undertaken at or through Bristol Zoo Gardens are to be provided for the Zoo.

7. All reports should acknowledge fully the Society and the Zoo. It would normally be expected that individual zoo staff contributing to or supervising research projects must be acknowledged through co-authorship of any publications as well as by name in the relevant section of reports.

8. A copy of all raw data, appropriately annotated to allow independent interpretation, must be lodged with the Zoo on completion of a study. Bristol Zoo Gardens reserves the right to use all data collected at the Zoo or in one of its in situ projects for its own publications if they have not been published (or submitted for publication) elsewhere within one year of the termination of the research project. In such cases, due acknowledgement of contribution and intellectual property will be given.

9. Registration fees: To access the zoo for the duration of the project, all researchers must obtain a researchers’ pass. In addition to zoo access, the researchers’ pass (currently £38) entitles the researcher to an induction, an ARKS Taxon Report for their study species, a short introduction and possibility to ask questions to the Research Dept. and/or keepers, and a subsidised rate at the Pelican Restaurant as well as free parking on the zoo’s car parks. This basic fee does not include supervision by staff of the Research Dept. The pass gives access to the zoo for the duration of the project (max. 12 months).

Students conducting projects co-supervised by a member of staff of Bristol Zoo, including all students conducting MSc research projects, will be charged an additional fee of £100 for supervision. This entitles them to access to a member of staff of the Research Dept. at agreed times, and to the provision of research facilities (in addition to those necessary for behavioural observations from the visitors’ viewing areas) within reasonable limits.

Registration fees may be waived in cases where researchers are affiliated to specific partner institutions or where research has been commissioned by Bristol Zoo Gardens. In these cases an application for waiving the fees must be submitted with this proposal form.

Research carried out at Bristol Zoo Gardens will normally be restricted to the use of non-invasive techniques that do not require a Home Office license under the European Council Directive 86/609/EEC of 24th November 1986, transposed into UK law by the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 and amendments, or would not require such a licence if carried out in the UK.