Sam Ward

Samantha Ward

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Dr Samantha Ward is a Course Leader for the BSc Zoo Biology.

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer teaching on the following modules:

Undergraduate Level:

  • Principles of Animal Science
  • Exotic Animal Management
  • Animal Management & Welfare
  • Zoo Organisation
  • Zoo Nutrition
  • Zoo Animal Management
  • Zoo Conservation & Education
  • Dissertation

MSc Level:

  • Captive Breeding and Husbandry
  • Dissertation supervision

PhD supervisor of:

  • Jessica Rendle: Epidemiology of the clinical syndrome lumpy jaw in captive macropods; influence of housing and husbandry.
  • Kathryn Fingland: Utilisation of the urban environment by the Eurasian red squirrel (Sciurus vulgaris): influence on their ecology and implications for their conservation.

Career overview

Prior to joining NTU, Dr Ward was a Research and Conservation Manager:

  • Overseeing conservation projects in Sumatra, Peru, Colombia, Niger, Madagascar, Mongolia and in the UK supporting critically endangered species and protecting habitats.
  • Coordination and management of research conducted at the park and within the conservation projects.
  • Animal Records utilising ARKS and transitioned across to ZIMS
  • Animal imports and exports
  • Coordination of Balai certification, Quarantine units and Animal By Products
  • Managing 6 macropod studbooks. (Macropus.rufus, M.fuliginosus, M.giganteus, M.eugenii, M. agillis and Wallabia bicolor).

Research areas

ORCID ID: 0000-0002-5857-1071

Dr Ward's research interests are linked to human-animal interactions and animal husbandry and management techniques to investigate impacts and improve captive welfare and reintroduction of species.

Previous work has investigated the impacts of stockmanship on the behaviour and welfare of zoo species and the impacts on behaviour, welfare and production of different management techniques during lambing on a commercial sheep farm.

Opportunities to carry out postgraduate research towards an MPhil/PhD exist and further information may be obtained from the NTU Doctoral School.

External activity

  • Member of BIAZA Research Committee Research Engagement Group
  • Secretary of the 'South Lakes Red Squirrel Group' working to preserve the UK red squirrel population and encourage local support and populations of the red squirrel in the south lakes area.
  • External Examiner for BSc and FdSc Applied Animal Behavioural Science and Welfare courses at Hadlow College.
  • Member of Peak Wildlife Park ethical and research committee

Sponsors and collaborators

Current and recent work is being undertaken with the collaboration of:


Is Wounding Aggression in Zoo-Housed Chimpanzees and Ring-Tailed Lemurs Related to Zoo Visitor Numbers? Hosey G, Melfi V, Formella I, Ward SJ, Tokarski M, Brunger D, Brice S and Hill SP, Zoo Biology, 2016, 35 (3), 205-209

Keeper-Animal Interactions: Differences between the Behaviour of Zoo Animals Affect Stockmanship. Ward SJ and Melfi V, PLoS ONE, 2015, 10 (10)

The implications of husbandry training on zoo animal response rates. Ward SJ and Melfi V, Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 2013, 147, 179– 185

Attitudes of UK sheep farmers towards fostering methods: A national survey. Ward SJ, Liste G and Tinarwo A, Small Ruminant Research, 2011, 99, 87 – 92

Enrichment: the Moulton way. Ward S and May V, The Enrichment Times, 2009, 7-9


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Press expertise

  • Zoo animal behaviour, welfare, housing and husbandry
  • Zoo organisation and management
  • Human-animal interactions and relationships
  • Captive pressures on behaviour and production