Positions: Core Group, Shape—Regionals Committee, REEC Committee,
Hi, my name is Holly Farmer and I am a
Zoo Research Officer for the Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust and registrar
for both Paignton Zoo Environmental Park and Living Coasts, UK. I recently
completed by Ph.D. in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter,
investigating the function of vocalisations in captive howler monkeys (Alouatta caraya) and implications
of captivity on welfare and behaviour.
I became co-chair of our Environmental
Enrichment Group when I started working at the zoo and I supervise students
from U.K. universities in enrichment-based projects. My main interest is
auditory enrichment and I am actively developing the bioacoustics focus in our
research department. I am also a co-founder of SHAPE—UK-Ireland and work with
Julian Chapman to co-ordinate and develop SHAPE—Regionals around the world.
At Paignton Zoo, we are proud of
developing our enrichment ideas by ‘getting something for nothing’. We work
with businesses, web companies, and visitors to get donations of materials and
objects, which we can use as enrichment items for our animals. We regularly
present talks to volunteers and school groups about enrichment and our ideas,
with the aim of involving them at the zoo.
to UK-Ireland Regional Committee