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Sam Ward

Samantha Ward

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Animal Rural & Environmental Sciences

Staff Group(s)
Animal and Equine


Dr Samantha Ward is a Senior Lecturer in Animal Science and the Course Leader for NTU's BSc Zoo Biology.

Samantha Ward is involved with teaching on the following modules:

  • Zoo Animal Husbandry
  • Zoo Science
  • Welfare Science
  • Zoo Conservation & Education
  • Dissertation supervision

MSc Level:

  • 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.
  • Eileen ‘Kat’ Tuit: Fostering enrichment in Zoos

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.

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

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

See all of Samantha Ward's publications...

Press expertise

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