Zinta's research with the Wildlife Conservation Unit at Oxford examines the impact of human disturbance on chimpanzee populations in Budongo Forest, Uganda. Zinta graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a BSc in biology and environmental studies. In her research, Zinta has explored the interaction between human and natural worlds, and the impact of this complex relationship on wildlife. Much of her work has focused on great apes. In 2002, Zinta studied foraging techniques of rehabilitant orangutans at the Wanariset Orangutan Reintroduction Programme in Balikpapan, Indonesia. In 2000, Zinta assisted the Canadian Great Ape Alliance with a study of cultural attitudes of Cameroonian children towards gorillas and the bushmeat trade, and designed an educational programme about the bushmeat trade for the Cameroon Wildlife Aid Fund. Zinta also conducted an environmental assessment of urban slums in Varanasi, India, with World Literacy of Canada. In 2005, Zinta earned an MPhil in Development Studies at Oxford. More recently, she has been working with the United Nations Environment Programme as a coordinating lead author of the Global Environment Outlook Report, UNEP's flagship state of the environment report.