Human-animal relationships in zoos: Optimising animal and visitor experiences

  • Hemsworth, Paul (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Coleman, Grahame (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Rassool, Roger (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Fanson, Kerry (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Hosey, Geoffrey (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Butler, Kym (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Magrath, Michael (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Melfi, Victoria (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Husher, Kira (Partner Investigator (PI))
  • Peake, David (Partner Investigator (PI))

Project: Research

Project Details

Project Description

Extensive research on human-animal relationships in agricultural and domestic settings shows that human-animal interaction affects animal behaviour and welfare, which in turn affect human attitudes to animals. As conservation and welfare organisations, zoos aim to provide visitors with opportunities to closely interact with animals to improve visitor experience and conservation outcomes, whilst maintaining good animal welfare. Some visitor interactions may be stressful for some animals creating conflict between animal welfare and visitor experience. By determining visitor effects, this project will provide zoos with practical animal management and educational strategies to optimise both animal welfare and visitor experience.
Effective start/end date1/07/1430/06/17


  • Australian Research Council (ARC)