katherine Whitehouse Tedd

Kat Whitehouse-Tedd

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Dr Whitehouse-Tedd’s teaching and research supervisory contributions are on BSc (Hons) Animal Biology, BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology and MSc Endangered Species Recovery and Conservation.

Career overview

Dr Whitehouse-Tedd has previously held positions in conservation and research facilities in the UK, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, and South Africa. She is an invited reviewer for a range of conservation and animal science journals.

Research areas

Research primarily focuses on human-wildlife interactions (wild and captive settings), human-carnivore coexistence, vulture conservation, and the health and nutrition of zoo carnivores.

  • Human-wildlife coexistence strategies in southern Africa
  • In situ predator conservation techniques including non-lethal predator control methods
  • Vulture conservation
  • Zoo education and ambassador animal efficacy
  • Captive carnivore (mammalian and avian) nutrition

Previous research projects have included:

  • Livestock guarding dog effectiveness
  • Diet and gastrointestinal health in captive cheetahs
  • Environmental enrichment strategies in captive cheetahs
  • Joint health nutraceuticals in captive zoo animal heath
  • Endoparasite control in captive cheetahs
  • Neonatal cheetah cub growth and development
  • Hindgut fermentation in captive cheetah nutrition and health
  • Domestic cat and dog nutrition

Dr. Whitehouse-Tedd has previously supervised students involved in field research in South Africa, investigating the effectiveness of livestock guarding dogs as a method of non-lethal predator control, as well as students investigating a variety of conservation topics in South Africa, China, Europe and the UK. Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil / PhD exist in mammalian and avian carnivore species, specifically human-carnivore interactions (including conflicts). Further information may be obtained from the NTU Graduate School.

PhD programmes supervised by Dr. Whitehouse-Tedd:

  • Chloe Lucas. Evaluating human-carnivore coexistence using a multi-stakeholder socio-ecological approach.
  • Evangelos Achilleos. Determining the conservation impact of strategies currently employed for the Hyacinth macaw.

External PhD supervision:

  • Karla Esparza Guerrero. The influence of dietary fibre on behaviour, welfare and gut health of captive tigers (Panthera tigris). University of Nottingham, UK.
  • Dr. Sarah Depauw, 2014 (completed). Animal Fibre: A key factor for gastrointestinal health of an obligate carnivore, the cheetah. University of Ghent, Belgium.

External activity

  • Associate Editor, Zoo Biology
  • Reviewer for Research in Veterinary Science, Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, International Zoo Yearbook, Journal of Equine Veterinary Science, and Zoo Biology
  • Invited author on the 2015 revisions to the Cheetah Species Survival Plan Animal Care Manual (nutrition), and contributor to the 2017 EAZA Best Practice Guidelines for Cheetah (nutrition).
  • Expert Assessor for Jonas, C.S., Timbrell, L.L., Young, F., Petrovan, S.O., Bowkett, A.E. & Smith, R.K. (2018) Management of Captive Animals:Promoting health and welfare in captive carnivores (felids, canids and ursids) through feeding practices. Pages 495-523 in: W.J. Sutherland, L.V. Dicks, N. Ockendon, S.O. Petrovan & R.K. Smith (eds) What Works in Conservation 2018. Open Book Publishers, Cambridge, UK.

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent research is being conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

Previous research has been conducted with the collaboration, funding and/or support of:

Current and previous university collaborations include

  • Dr. Arjun Amar, Percy Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, South Africa
  • Dr. Louis Phipps, Vulture Conservation Fund, Switzerland
  • Dr. Jacqueline Abell, Coventry University, UK
  • Dr. Heidi Prozesky, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Professor Geert Janssens’ research group at the University of Ghent, Belgium
  • Dr. Veronique Dermauw, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Belgium
  • Dr Lisa Yon, University of Nottingham, UK
  • Professor Bisong Yue, Sichuan University, People's Republic of China
  • Dr Anne Becker, Ross University, St. Kitts
  • Dr Sarah Depauw, Odisee University College, Belgium
  • Dr Guido Bosch, Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
  • Professor Stephen Barnes at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA


Select recent publications:

Successful captive rearing of an Egyptian vulture at Kalba Bird of Prey Centre, UAE.  Whitehouse-Tedd, G. Whitehouse-Tedd, K. Tribulus: the Journal of the Emirates Natural History Group. 2018, 25:62-66

Animal Ambassador Encounter Programmes in Zoos: Current Status and Future Research Needs.  Whitehouse-Tedd, K.M., Spooner, S., Scott, L., Lozano-Martinez, J. (2018). In: Berger, M. and Corbett, S. (Eds.) Zoo Animals: Husbandry, Welfare and Public Interactions. Nova Science Publishers, New York. Chapter 2, pp 89-140.

Captive cheetah nutrition. In: Marker, L., Schmidt-Kuentzel, A., Boast, L. (Eds.).Whitehouse-Tedd, K.M., Dierenfeld, E.S., Becker, A.A.M.J., Huys, G., Williams, J., Depauw, S., Kerr, K., Janssens, G.P.J. (2017). Cheetahs: Conservation and Biology. Chapter 26. Academic Press (Elsevier)

Adverse reactions to praziquantel and pyrantel anthelmintic drug combination in captive cheetahs. Whitehouse-Tedd, K., Smith, L., Budd, J., Lloyd, C. (2017) Journal of American Veterinary Medical Association.

Leijenaar, S. (Ed. K.Whitehouse-Tedd). (2016). Conservation and Agricultural Cooperation: Predator Control in South Africa: Meeting Conservation and Agricultural Expectations and Objectives. Lambert Academic Publishing.

Dietary factors associated with faecal consistency and other indicators of gastrointestinal health in the captive cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Whitehouse-Tedd K, Lefebvre S, Janssens GPJ, PLoS One, 2015, 10 (4)

Reduction in livestock losses following placement of Livestock Guarding Dogs and the impact of herd species and sex. Leijenaar, S-L, Cilliers D, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Journal of Agriculture and Biodiversity Research, 2015, 4 (1), 9-15

Effect of diet type on serum and faecal concentration of S100/calgranulins in the captive cheetah. Depauw S, Heilmann RM, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Hesta M, Steiner JM, Suchodolski JS, Janssens GPJ, Journal of Zoo and Aquarium Research, 2014, 2 (2), 33 – 38

Perceived efficacy of livestock-guarding dogs in South Africa: Implications for cheetah conservation. Rust RA, Whitehouse-Tedd KM, MacMillan DC, Wildlife Society Bulletin, 2013, 37(4), 690-697.

Animal fibre: The forgotten nutrient in strict carnivores? First insights in the cheetah. Depauw S, Hesta M, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Vanhaecke L, Janssens G, Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, 2013, 97 (1), 146–154

Blood values of adult captive cheetahs (Acinonyx jubatus) fed either supplemented beef or whole rabbit carcasses. Depauw S, Hesta M, Whitehouse-Tedd K, Shulz J, Buyse J, Janssens GPJ, Zoo Biology, 2012, 31 (6), 629–641

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Press expertise

  • Human-wildlife coexistence and conflict mitigation (especially African carnivores)
  • Zoo animal nutrition
  • Human-animal encounters in zoos (e.g. ambassador animals)
  • Conservation education in zoos