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Clients & Collaborators

"Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds".

— Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922



The following organisations are some of AWE's past or present valued clients. Hover over the logo to read about the project!


Sea World Gold Coast, Australia


WHEN: October 2019- present    


WHAT: working on a permanent basis with Sea World to optimise the welfare of the dolphins, and other animals, under their care. Conducting regular welfare assessments, establishing research projects, and focussing on developing the enrichment programs and behavioural observation protocols. 


WHICH SPECIES: primarily their inshore and offshore bottlenose dolphins, but also other species 

Blue Marine Foundation, London, UK                    WHEN: expedition October 2018    WHAT: behavioural observations of the marine mammals of southern Chilean Patagonia, taken during a 1 month expedition on a liveaboard run by Blue Marine's partners. Aim is to provide more data on the animals' habitat use to provide support for making it a Marine Protected Area. 

WHICH SPECIES: all marine mammals, with a focus on killer whales (Orcinus orca), other delphinid species found in the area, and Sei whales (Balaenoptera borealis)

Marwell Zoo, Winchester, UK               WHEN: April - July 2018

WHAT: Enrichment and enclosure assessments and recommendations; behavioural observations; developed prospective research protocols; natural history research

WHICH SPECIES: Bennet's wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), Nyala (Tragelaphus angasii), Okapi (Okapia johnstoni), Marabou stork (Leptoptilos crumenifer), Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis)


The following organisations have collaborated in the development of protocols for dolphin welfare assessment: 

Laboratoire d'Ethologie Expérimentale et Comparée

Université Paris 13, Sorbonne Paris Cité


"I believe the C-Well© approach is a very nice and appropriate way to start a practical evaluation of the welfare of the dolphins maintained in our facilities, by correlating health and physiological parameters with social and behavioural aspects. We have approached its application into our facilities and adapted some parts, and it represented a good opportunity to engage the entire staff in a multiple shared analysis."

—  Dr Claudia Gili, DMV, PhD, Dipl ECZM, Director of Science and Veterinary services for Costa Edutainment


"It's been a pleasure working with AWE. Our team started with a strong understanding of assessing welfare and found great opportunities for growth. This can be a challenge with a seasoned team."

—  Shedd Aquarium, Chicago, Illinois, USA

“The C-Well© is the first practical approach with objective aspects to measure welfare in bottlenose dolphins. The data set was extensive, but even for an outside-inspector (in our case official veterinarian) it was possible to draw a conclusion. For further use it would be good (even if it is difficult especially for very old and very young animals) to have a correlation between the scores and the welfare status of the animals."

—  Dr Katrin Baumgartner & Tim Hüttner, Nuremberg Zoo  and  Dr Daniela Rickert, Official Veterinarian at the Nuremberg Local Authority

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At Marwell Wildlife, we are passionate about optimising animal welfare for zoo animals.  We used Isabella Clegg’s consultancy service, Animal Welfare Expertise, to provide added insight into cutting-edge animal welfare theory and science.  We found Isabella to be innovative, helpful and professional, and she engaged well with all members of our animal teams.

—  Dr Justine Shotton, Marwell Wildlife

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