Maja Hampson

Research, zoo keeping adventures, art, unicorns


Master's of Global Wildlife Health and Conservation Biology

Thesis: “Reproductive success of hand-reared versus parent-reared big cats”

Zoo Keeper

medical injections, tube feeding, wildlife triage, nutrition, animal handling, healthy and safety

Conservation Biologist

species at risk assessment, habitat surveying, presence-absence surveys, tidal height measurements and plankton tows


Fiction writer, anime artist and wannabe violinist


Bristol University (Bristol, UK): 2014

M.Sc: Global Wildlife Health and Conservation Biology

  • Gaining the knowledge, skills and practical training needed to work with wildlife, with emphasis on welfare and conservation at the global scale
  • Studies included Zoo Management, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Species Risk Assessment
  • Thesis: “Reproductive success of hand-reared versus parent-reared big cats”

Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC): 2010

B.Sc: Biology, English

  • Bachelor of Science degree with major in Biology, minor in English; classes, fieldwork, and research at Bamfield Marine Sciences Center
  • Unpublished research: “Copepod biomass in and out of Rockfish conservation areas;” “Antipredator behaviour in Chlorostoma funebralis in response to cues from the invasive Carcinus maenas and native Cancer productus
  • 40th Anniversary Academic Scholarship

Pinetree Secondary School (Coquitlam, BC): 2006

High School Diploma

  • Achievement with Distinction Award ('A' grade average)
  • Subject Excellence Awards in Fine Arts and English

Work Experience

British Columbia Conservation Foundation: February 2015 - Present

Spotted Owl Breeding Intern

  • Monitoring owl breeding behavior
  • Incubating, weighting and monitoring development of eggs and providing care for chicks 
  • Maintaining high standards of cleanliness and biosecurity
  • Developing educational materials as needed

B.C's Agriculture in the Classroom (Contract)

Curriculum Designer

  • Created and developed signs and worksheets for a self-guided walk-through field trip

Greater Vancouver Zoo: December 2010 – October 2012

Lead Carnivore Keeper (October 2011 – 2012)

  • Interacting with public through interpretive talks, shows and feedings
  • Managing and supervising volunteers and work experience students
  • Diet planning, behaviour monitoring, health checks and enrichment implementation
  • Member of the Education Committee: promoting conservation messages to the public through signs, media and presentations. Designing signs for animal displays and conservation projects
  • Member of the Research and Conservation Committee: implementing and promoting research projects at the zoo and through external organizations

Relief Keeper (December 2010 – October 2011)

  • Cleaning and maintenance of animal habitats, both mammal and reptile (Quarantine/Winter Barn, South American, and Vivarium routes)

Simon Fraser University: Fall Semester 2010

Teaching Assistant

  • Running tutorials for students, office hours and assisting in laboratory activities
  • Marking student assignments, advising studying habits and answering questions