NTU Associate Professors expertise is featured in the media

NTU Associate Professor's expertise is featured in the media

 May 25, 2023

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The work of Nottingham Trent University (NTU) women researchers are often quoted in the media.

Dr Samantha Ward is an Associate Professor of Zoo Animal Welfare at Nottingham Trent University's School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences. Her impressive research is featured in a Sky News article.

Important research examining animal behaviour

Animal behaviour experts at NTU and Harper Adams University looked at over 100 research papers to examine how visitors affected the behaviour of more than 250 species in zoos.

"Some animal species have been born and raised in zoos and so have likely become used to the presence of humans. Zoo visitors are often aspects of a zoo animal's environment that animals cannot control and as such can be stressful, although some species appear to show good adaptability for the changing conditions of visitors. There can be a lot of variation in stimuli from visitors in terms of their behaviour, the noise they make and the way they interact with the animals. We have identified that species show varied responses to people in zoos - some cope well, others not so well," commented Dr Samantha Ward.

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