Apply for Research

elephanttrunk-action16(1)The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium will consider research projects involving either basic or applied science. While all such projects are considered, we use the following priorities (from highest to lowest) to rank projects when resources are a limiting factor:

    * The project with the greatest conservation impact


    * If an in situ project, the project with the greatest degree of local involvement, prefferably with the locals in decision-making positions rather than support of aid positions


    * Projects that enable staff growth
      (ie: projects initiated by or involving keepers or other staff)


    * Projects involving animals in our collection

Projects may be initiated either by Zoo staff or by outside investigators. Please note that while we encourage projects that involve our keeper staff in decision-making capacities, involvement by Zoo staff must not interfere with their normal duties.

If approved on scientific and conservation merit, all proposals that involve more than normal husbandry procedures are then subject to review by our Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to insure the ethical treatment of the subject animals.

PLEASE NOTE: At this time, the Pittsburgh Zoo is not accepting applications for research.