As representatives of the herpetological world, we welcome research projects into these species with open arms. We believe that ethical discovery is achieved through sound collaboration, understanding and intrigue. We keep, as you can see on other pages, our animals as naturally as possible to ensure they are as true to their wild counterparts, presenting a unique study experience.
Due to their illusive nature in the wild, European herptiles within captivity offer an unprecedented opportunity to help further research in this area. Although work concerning habitats and ecology can only be undertaken in the wild, the biology and physiology of these animals can be more efficiently and ethically understood by the use of captive animals.
Partners and researchers
Steven Allain BSc (Hons) MRes
Steven Allain is one of the UK’s foremost researchers in herpetology, currently specialising in reptile and amphibian disease and population dynamics. He is also shedding light on the introduced populations of midwife toads in Britain, as well as the effect of ophidiomycosis on populations of barred grass snakes. He also chairs the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian & Reptile Group (CPARG). He currently studies at the Univeristy in Kent, formerly a Master’s graduate from Imperial College London. Steven has helped inform an effective biosecurity protocol, due to his advanced knowledge of herptile disease as well as authoring papers in connection with Celtic Reptile & Amphibian. You can read more about Steven here.
Peter Cooper BSc MSc
Peter Cooper is a reintroduction and ecological restoration specialist, having worked with small mammals, effective captive breeding and herptofauna. He has lead the release of the endangered harvest mouse back to Britain. With a degree in Zoology from the Univeristy of Exeter and a Master’s graduate in Biodiversity and Conservation, Peter has helped apprise captive breeding programs for Celtic Reptile & Amphibian, enclosure design as well as authoring papers with us. You can read more about Peter here.
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