Please note at this time, the Pittsburgh Zoo is not accepting applications for research.
The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium considers research projects involving basic or applied science. All such projects are considered, but sometimes resources are a limiting factor. In such times, we use the following priorities (from highest to lowest) to rank projects:
• Greatest conservation impact;
• For onsite projects, most local involvement, preferably with the locals in decision-making positions rather than support or aid positions;
• Staff growth possibilities (for example, projects initiated by or involving keepers or other staff); and
• Projects involving animals in our collection.
Zoo staff or outside investigators may initiate projects. Please note that while we encourage our keeper staff to be decision-makers in research projects, they must still be able to complete their normal duties without disruption.
If approved on scientific and conservation merit, our Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) will review proposals that involve more than normal husbandry procedures to ensure that our subject animals are treated ethically.