The Nightwatch – Meet the Team: Elena – February 2016

My name is Elena and I will be the research coordinator until May. I have completed an MSc in Primate Conservation at Oxford Brookes University, as well as an MA and a BA in Psychology at the University of Zagreb. I have previously worked with many primate species, such as chimpanzees, ring-tailed and white-fronted lemurs, mantled guerezas and Hanuman langurs while volunteering at the Zagreb Zoo. For my master’s project at OBU, I studied human-animal relationships between zoo-housed western lowland gorillas and their keepers at the Paignton Zoo Environmental Park (UK), while also focusing on gorillas’ personality traits and intergroup dynamics.

I would like to continue researching human-animal relationships both in the field and captivity, because I am very much interested in human-animal bonds and their positive effects on both the animals and humans. I am also interested in human perceptions of and attitudes towards wildlife and nature because I believe that understanding human-related factors can help with development, as well as implementation of conservation actions. I hope to use my research knowledge to make sure that all research activities at the LFP run smoothly and successfully.