My name is Paul Rose. I’m a zoo biologist with a passionate interest in the welfare and behaviour of captive animals and a fascination for flamingos. You can see my video and read my blog

Flamingos are at risk in the wild from human encroachment, from habitat loss and disturbance to their breeding areas.

I'm asking for your support for my research at Exeter University which will have a direct benefit to flamingo populations in the wild and captivity. Several of the proposed study species are already classified “endangered” or “near threatened”.

My research will use social network analysis to evaluate the importance of stable relationships that contribute to the longevity, reproductive success and good welfare for individual animals in managed groups. 

Any support you can give to this work will help me to continue my research – and I’ll keep you posted with my progress !

Flamingos are well-known for their mass groupings and the  dynamics are key to successful breeding. Captive management of course places constraints on behaviour, breeding and welfare and, for successful breeding, zoos need to pay more attention to the importance of social grouping.

By comparing enclosure usage and behaviour, we will be able to advise zoos on what to provide in order to enhance active, social behaviours. At the moment much of the UK population of captive birds are aging and non-breeding; this research will go some way to help make captive flocks sustainable into the future and the use of specimens for ex situ conservation will be improved.

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Updates 5

Hi flamingo followers! The Flamingo Welfare & Behaviour Project goes from strength to strength. We've a new paper in the International Zoo Yearbook on advancing flamingo welfare, & a new paper due out in 2015 in the journal Animal Welfare. Thanks for all of your help & support.

09/12/14 09:46

Hi all, the flamingo research continues to move forward and there are some exciting new projects planned for 2014. Thanks for the donations so far and spread the word amongst your feathery-minded friends. Every penny is useful! Paul

23/09/13 03:18

Here's a link from my Youtube page where I regularly post behavioural videos of the activities that I see the birds doing. Much excitement at the moment as the Chilean flamingo at WWT Slimbridge have commenced breeding!

25/07/13 11:34

Thanks for all of the donations that have been made so far. It's great to see people caring so much about flamingo research. The project continues to gather data & I have presented findings at a zoo research conference this month, which was well received. Thanks for the support!

25/07/13 11:32

Thank you to everyone for the donations so far, we're looking at ways of assessing welfare of flamingos at a deeper level so will let you know where the funds get directed!

27/02/13 09:34

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Donations 28

This project sounds fascinating, I would love to get more information about the research and any current findings. Good luck!

Donation by Emma Korein on 04/01/16


From Oxford Scientific Films

Donation by Oxford Scientific Films on 14/07/15


Because he's clever AND attractive

Donation by Anonymous on 19/06/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Thank you for your help with the TV series.

Donation by NHU on 15/06/15


+ £37.50 Gift Aid

Thanks for the book review.

Donation by Anonymous on 10/06/15


+ £18.75 Gift Aid

Great species and sounds like fascinating research Good luck with it all!

Donation by Daniel Swindlehurst on 06/06/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with the project!

Donation by Kev & the Bewick's Swans on 04/06/15


+ £7.50 Gift Aid

Cracking job Paul - Keep it up

Donation by Ginny G on 29/05/15


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Thank you for the lecture!

Donation by Anonymous on 28/05/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Aviad Terabelsi, ISRAEL on 13/04/15


Just for your commitment and expertise! Good luck. Lou

Donation by Lou Bell on 09/04/15

Hi Paul, thank you so much for all your help and support over the last couple of years and for putting up with my constant questions! I hope all goes well with your research. Good luck xxx

Donation by Lindsay Banks on 25/02/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

From Humble Bee Films

Donation by Anonymous on 04/02/15


+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Hi Paul, my daughter Olwen (7yrs) is flamingo crazy . We thought that supporting your research would be a great way to help protect flamingoes. Good luck ! From Diana and Olwen

Donation by Diana Flynn on 16/01/15


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

All the best for your research...

Donation by Tushar Kulkarni on 30/11/14


With thanks for all your help on Natural Curiosities

Donation by From the Humble Bee Films Team on 23/09/14

Best wishes from the Oxford Scientific Films team

Donation by Anonymous on 18/03/14


+ £50.00 Gift Aid

From Jurre Brenders (Groenhorst College)

Donation by Jurre Brenders on 23/07/13


+ £12.50 Gift Aid

Wonderful project Paul. I have learned so much about flamingos since you started your diary! Good luck.

Donation by Mo Warren on 22/07/13


+ £6.25 Gift Aid

All the best!!!

Donation by Xareni Pacheco on 17/06/13

Donation by Olga Zyuzina on 02/03/13


Donation by Danielle Hipkins on 26/02/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Hey Paul, as promised ;o) All the best! xxx

Donation by Louise Pedersen on 24/02/13


A tenner seems a small thank-you to an inspiring teacher. Not to mention my enjoyment of your photos

Donation by Celia on 23/02/13


+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck with it, Paul - you deserve it!

Donation by myra Kline on 22/02/13


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  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£0.00
  • Total raised£1,557.75
  • Gift Aid£281.25

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