Animal Welfare Specialist, Zoos Victoria, University of Melbourne

Sally is interested in anything related to animal behaviour but a special interest in human-animal relationships.

She has always had a passion for wildlife and completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Melbourne with a double major in conservation biology and marine biology. She is now mid-way through her PhD researching the effect of visitors on animal behaviour and welfare in Australian zoos.

As part of her PhD, Sally studies a range of animals from meerkats to capuchins, shedding light on their interactions with visitors and how it can influence their behaviour and welfare in zoos.

Understanding these visitor effects may provide opportunities to improve animal welfare, and in turn enhance the support for zoos and their role in education and species conservation.

Experience

  • –present
    Animal Welfare Specialist, Zoos Victoria