John E Cooper DTVM, FRCPath, FSB CBiol, FRCVS and Margaret E Cooper LLB, FLS

Margaret E. Cooper LLB, FLS  and Prof. John E. Cooper outside The Linnean Society

John Cooper is part of a husband and wife team, from the United Kingdom. John started life as a keen naturalist, trained as a veterinary surgeon and is now a specialist pathologist with particular interests in wildlife and exotic species, tropical diseases and comparative medicine. He is an Honorary Member of BIAZA and, amongst other appointments, serves as a veterinary advisor to Haith’s, the bird food specialists. With his wife (Margaret Cooper, a non-practising solicitor with special interests in animal and conservation law), he holds several visiting academic appointments.

The Coopers have spent nearly twenty years living overseas, especially in Africa, including a period in Rwanda working with the mountain gorillas. In 2009, they returned from nearly seven years at the University of the West Indies in Trinidad and Tobago where they combined their medical and legal backgrounds in the promotion of an interdisciplinary approach to veterinary and biological education, wildlife conservation and forensic science. They are the authors of two books on animal forensics and various other texts. The Coopers are now based in Britain but travel widely and lecture together in many countries. They continue their voluntary work with wildlife, domesticated animals and rural communities in East Africa. 

John E. Cooper’s most recent published work Gorilla Pathology and Health is now available for pre-order at the Elsevier Store (see below). Maxwell Knight had a life-long interest in gorillas and other primates and in 1968 wrote How to Keep a Gorilla (Wolfe Publishing, London). Maxwell Knight, his work and his influence are referred to in this new gorilla book that contains “extensive information on the health, welfare, and conservation of gorillas,” – Elsevier.


Simon King

Simon H King FLS | Fellow of The Linnean Society of London

Simon is a writer and naturalist whose goal is to change the way we value wildlife.

He is an Associate Director/Chief Digital Officer responsible for research, development and innovation at Haith’s including a BIAZA award-winning quality control programme. He has been the guest speaker at several Department for International Trade (DIT) export events, BIAZA AGMs and seen Haith’s nominated for an HSBC International Award, won the prestigious Board of Trade Award (presented by Secretary of State, Dr Liam Fox) in 2018, and is a Northern Powerhouse Champion.

Simon King at the 2017 BIAZA AGM (The Deep, Hull)

Haith’s research has been shared with veterinary students at Cambridge University, the BIAZA Bird Working Group and the World Pheasant Association. Simon instigated the ‘synchrony through science’ collaboration with Andy Beer (Nutritionist) and the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland as the first step to extended ‘seed intelligence’ in 2014.   

Simon King with birding legend Bill Oddie
Simon King and Prof. John Cooper at ZSL 2018.JPG
Simon H King and Prof. John E Cooper meeting at ZSL HQ, London 2018

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