Daniel Harrold

Scientific Assistant - Nutrition

  • Qualifications BSc MSc
  • Specialisms
    Conservation Breeding & Management Wildlife Health & Wellbeing

I joined the Science team in April 2019 as the Scientific Assistant in Nutrition. This role assists the Conservation Scientist’s in managing and developing the Animal Feeding Programme of the various species housed within our collection. I assist with creating new and reviewing existing diets, conducting applied research in zoological nutrition, and working with my team members in conducting multi-disciplinary research projects. My main research focuses include clinical nutrition, gut microbiome of captive taxa, invertebrate welfare, and reptile and amphibian nutrition.  I have presented my research on avian immuno-nutrition and giant tortoise dietary requirements at both BIAZA and EAZA conferences.

Prior to working at Chester Zoo, I was a Research and Nutrition Volunteer at ZSL London Zoo and completed a Voluntary Nutrition Research Assistant placement at Paignton Zoo. I hold an MSc in Global Wildlife Health and Conservation from University of Bristol and a BSc in Zoology from Queen Mary University of London.