Dr Jake Veasey is a zoologist specialising in animal welfare science and conservation biology. Jake has researched topics including ‘What do zoo animals miss (if anything) about habitats they have never experienced?’ and ‘solving behavioural-ecological enigmas first identified by Darwin’. Widely published on the welfare of wild animals in zoos, Jake has nearly two decades’ experience as a zoo director in Europe and North America. Jake is well-known for his work on large herbivore and carnivore welfare and conservation, having worked in the wild and captivity with bears, elephant, giraffe, rhino and antelope and he regularly advises government organisations and NGOs across the world, including as a ministerially-appointed advisor to the UK Government on zoo animal welfare.
Ayako Nagakura is a veterinarian working in Japan. For the past 13 years she has worked as a municipal officer at an animal care centre and within a city zoo. Ayako was inspired by an animal welfare seminar she attended at the RSPCA offices in London, coordinated by the Japan Animal Welfare Society (JAWS) UK, more than 11 years ago. As a veterinarian, Ayako is keenly aware of the necessity, importance and incorporation of animal welfare concepts when working with captive wild animals. Ayako is committed to learning more about animal welfare and contributing to the correct understanding and reflection of animal welfare in Japan.
Dr Julia Gräfin Maltzan is a zoo veterinarian who, among other achievements, is a specialist in carrying out courses on immobilization techniques, including dart gun and blowpipe. Julia is a director of the Foundation of the Clinic for Zoo Animals and Wildlife (www.wildlifevets.de),and of the ‘Academy for the Welfare of Zoo Animals and Wildlife e.V. (www.azws.de). Julia has partnered with Wild Welfare on a number of our global projects.
Margaret Whittaker is president of Creative Animal Behavioural Solutions, a company working to improve care and welfare of captive animals. She has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a M.A.in Anthropology. Margaret has worked across the Americas, Europe, Southeast Asia and India, helping facilities develop welfare-minded behavioural management programs, teaching animal welfare, elephant care, training and enrichment workshops.
Margaret has been a director at a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries-accredited sanctuary, Guenon SSP Coordinator and Diana monkey studbook keeper. She is a behavioural advisor to The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA)’s Old World Monkey Advisory Group and serves on several sanctuary advisory boards for elephant and primate sanctuaries. Margaret works with design firms creating enclosures that encourage natural behaviour, she is behavioural management coordinator at Oakland Zoo, and Shape of Enrichment Workshop instructor.
Dr Samantha Ward is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University and sits on the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Zoo Executive Committee as a zoo animal welfare specialist. Sam worked as a zoo keeper for various hoofstock, primate and macropod species and then went on to complete an MSc and a PhD in Animal Behaviour and Welfare.
Sam’s research focusses on zoo animal behaviour and welfare and recent projects have investigated the impacts of human-animal interactions and human-animal relationships in zoos, and investigating the impacts of zoo animal husbandry and management techniques to improve captive animal welfare.
Dr Yuki Otani is a veterinary researcher of Hokkaido University in Japan. She has worked in science and received her PhD whilst working as a clinical vet for small animals. Yuki is keen to be involved in education and public engagement of animal welfare hence her involvement with translation of the Wild About Welfare digital education programme into Japanese. Since she was a child she dreamed of being involved in conservation of animals which drove her to her career. Yuki is going to spend her time on investigating the attitude towards animal welfare of stakeholders in cooperating with the University of Edinburgh’s Jeanne Marchig International Centre for Animal Welfare Education.
Lorraine has worked in the zoological industry for 13 years in zoos and wildlife parks both in the UK and overseas. After working for more than a decade in animal management, she now specialises in primates and in particular great apes, and she has consulted on a project to bring the first Gorillas into New Zealand.
Lorraine has worked in sanctuaries and conservation organisations in Southeast Asia, Africa and Central America. She has a keen interest in conservation and animal welfare and most recently spent time as the welfare coordinator at an elephant park in Thailand. Lorraine also sits on the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Field Conservation Committee, and chairs an internal Behavioural Management Committee at a UK zoo.