Fairfield Students Behind the Scenes at Beardsley Zoo

Fairfield Students Behind the Scenes at Beardsley Zoo

Fairfield University has been working with Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo this semester on animal behavioral research projects. Under the guidance of Ashley Byun, PhD, associate professor of biology, students’ projects focused on mating behaviors in snowy owls, potential mating behaviors of anteaters and the behavior of mothers and their offspring, feeding strategies in a mixed species exhibit and how elements of light and sound influenced the frequency of salamander activity. The use of remote controlled devices such as drones, cars and GoPros, for animal enrichment, education and research in zoos was also explored to observe animal reactions and to access unique footage.

The zoo invited all students involved to present their findings at their public lecture series, “Behind the Scenes at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo,” held at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library last spring.