Dr Holly Farmer
School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
I am the Zoo Research Officer at the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust (Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Newquay Zoo and Living Coasts). The Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust works closely with the University in many ways, most importantly through the joint delivery of the MSc in Zoo Conservation Biology.I manage the zoo-based research at Paignton Zoo and Living Coasts, and I also manage the animal records for both WWCT sites. My work involves student supervision, teaching and I help coordinate the behavioural husbandry groups (environmental enrichment and animal training) at the zoo. I am also the EEP (Endangered Species Programme) coordinator for the critically endangered Sulawesi crested black macaque (Macaca nigra) and I support staff members who coordinate captive breeding programmes for a range of species at WWCT sites.
Roles on external bodies
I am interested in a wide range of fields including animal behaviour and welfare, bioacoustics, the application of zoo records for research and the role of zoos in captive breeding.