Elephant Reproduction Research Underway
Matt leads the Reproduction and Social Behaviour working group of the UK Elephant Welfare Group. This completely voluntary commitment is an important contribution to addressing concerns about the welfare of elephants in UK zoos.
Chester Zoo has recognised Matt's contribution to Elephant Management and is funding the first work package focusing on risk factor analysis for reproduction. More funding will be needed to complete the work but a start can be made.
Tapir Reproduction Project Underway
Zoo and Wildlife Solutions are working with Vet, Adam Naylor and Dudley Zoo to undertake research into the reproduction of tapirs in UK zoos. By monitoring hormones produced in faeces we hope to better understand how husbandry,social groupings and stress influence successful reproduction.
For more information see the research page.
ZWS & BIAZA Preventative Medicine Workbook Published
Matt has produced a Preventative Medicine Workbook for BIAZA which is available to all BIAZA members free of charge.
This workbook provides guidance and a practical approach for you to develop a preventative medicine programme in conjunction with your veterinarian.
This document will ensure that your programme meets best practice requirements of both zoo licensing and balai directive programmes.