Research at the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa can offer South Africa, Africa and the international research community a unique infrastructure to facilitate, co-ordinate and conduct world-class research.

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The NZG aims to provide a platform for high quality and innovative research accessible to the wider research community both locally and internationally, to grow human capital through research and technology development and to advance science in society through the provision of platforms for enhancing science awareness and public engagement.

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Application to conduct research at the NZG

In order to conduct high impact research of ethical and scientific merit, and that contribute to biodiversity conservation, the NZG has established the Research Ethics and Scientific Committee (RESC) that meets once every month to assess research project proposals.

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Research programmes and knowledge hubs

The NZG has identified three programmes and two knowledge hubs to further the research agenda.

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Research orientated services

Several research orientated services are rendered by the NZG which include zoological diagnostic pathology and molecular genetics.

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The Samango monkey working group

Research and expertise ensure the long term preservation of the Samango and their habitat.

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blue blooded creatures

Unlike mammals, spiders, snails and octopi have blue blood. This is because the hemocyanin molecule that oxygen is bound to in these animals contains copper, which gives their blood the blue colour