Did you know Flamingo Land has a scientist?

Flamingo Land’s "Zoo Scientist" and his team of trainees carry out important work to help us to understand our animals and give them the best possible care. But only a small part of this work is based at the zoo, because our scientist’s main job is to better understand and protect animals and plants in their wild homes as part of Flamingo Land’s international conservation program.

All scientific research at Flamingo Land is co-ordinated through the University of York Environment Department’s multiple award-winning “CIRCLE” research centre. The Centre for Integrated Research, Conservation and Learning aims to carry out ground-breaking research to help the conservation of wildlife and the worldwide work of zoos. Our Research Plan includes scientific study of all of the zoo’s activities, including wildlife conservation, animal care and enclosure design, and how we can best share this exciting work with our visitors.

CIRCLE’s main scientific work includes:

  • Tropical Forest Conservation: We are measuring how best we can look after tropical forests and the people that depend on them, with Flamingo Land’s Udzungwa Forest Project in Tanzania.
  • Native Wildlife Conservation: We are measuring the success of our efforts to conserve native wildlife zones on site at Flamingo Land, where we have dozens of important wild animals and plants.
  • Animal Care: We are surveying zoos across Europe and beyond to determine the best ways to look after our animals and build new homes for them.
  • Zoo Education: We are experimenting with different ways to tell all our visitors and school groups about the wonders of the natural world and how best we can look after it.
  • What do Zoos Do?: We are examining how well the world’s zoos are doing their job of protecting and understanding the natural world.


Find Out More

Interested in joining our science team? Then follow this link:

Interested in carrying out a school, college or university project at Flamingo Land? Please contact

For more details see the CIRCLE website linked above, or follow us on Facebook or Twitter, @CIRCLEbioblog