Liquid and frozen storage of Asian elephant spermatozoa


Modern reproductive management of captive wildlife populations involves the use of assisted reproductive technologies such as artificial insemination (AI) to produce offspring.  AI is conducted to maximise genetic diversity in the captive population without the need to transport males between institutions.  A prerequisite for this method of artificial breeding is the ability to collect and successfully store semen (in liquid or frozen form) from males in order to allow for the time necessary to transport semen across state and even international borders.  To date there has been relatively little success in the storage of Asian elephant semen, limiting the use and benefits of AI in this species.


Dr Roslyn Bathgate

Research Location

Faculty of Veterinary Science

Program Type



An opportunity exists for a three year student PhD project (commencing March 2013) to develop methods for the successful liquid and frozen storage of Asian elephant semen.  This project would be conducted in association with Taronga Conservation Society and other Australian zoological parks with Asian elephants in their collection.  As such, it will involve extensive travel within Australia and require a highly committed and motivated student.  The project is subject to successful grant funding to be advised in January 2013.

The successful candidate must have completed an undergraduate degree in agriculture, animal, veterinary or biological science, have research experience (Honours or Master’s degree), excellent communication skills, and be willing to undertake field studies.  Applicants should hold have a particular interest in sperm physiology and applied andrology.  Experience in semen processing and assessment is highly desirable, but not essential.  Applicants must be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will hold an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or equivalent stipend.APPLICATION GUIDE:  Further information can be obtained from Dr Roslyn Bathgate, Faculty of Veterinary Science (B19), The University of Sydney NSW 2006 (Phone: 02 9351 5830; Fax: 02 9351 3957 E-mail:  Applications should be sent direct to Dr Bathgate at the above address and should include a curriculum vitae, a copy of an academic transcript, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.

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elephant, spermatozoa

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1483