Our team actively looks for opportunities to discover more about both the animals we have here at Knowsley Safari and those in the wild. You can read about ongoing research at Knowsley Safari on our blog. We welcome and support projects undertaken at a variety of levels, from higher education students to post-doctoral researchers. We want to hear from anyone who feels they may have something exciting to offer, particularly those interested in expanding our knowledge of animal physiology, behaviour, and well-being, as well as our visitors and local biodiversity. For more information about how to apply, select the relevant option below:

Academic Student Research

Collaborative Research

Field Research

We welcome and encourage applications from academic institutions, charities and non-governmental organisations working in-situ towards measurable conservation goals and outputs. Speculative applications should be forwarded to with accompanying evidence outlining specific requirements of the project and justification for financial or logistical support.

Research Policy

You can download our research policy here. It is also attached to the front of every application form. By signing your application form you are agreeing to the terms of our research policy.

We also recommend you read the Zoo Research Guidelines series produced by the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), which can be downloaded for free from the BIAZA website.

The guidelines offer practical advice on how to set up a research project and cover a range of areas of zoo research, e.g. behavioural observations, nutrition and diet evaluations, assessments of visitor effects, and statistics.

Our research priorities


We have a list of research projects that are our priority and that we would support applications for. If you have a specific project title in mind on one of the species listed  please contact and we will do our best to accommodate your request.

Projects with support from the BIAZA Research Committee are much more likely to be accepted – more information can be found here.

Click here for list of our research  priorities


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