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Dr. Sarah Harding is a animal behaviorist who specialized in animal behavior which also included the dinosaurs. In both canons, she joined the Research Team led by Ian Malcolm, with whom she has a relationship in the film, to Isla Sorna.

While she is confirmed to be the daughter of Dr. Gerry Harding in the film canon, and has a half sister Jessica Harding, both of whom were involved in the Jurassic Park Incident and its aftermath, her relationship with Gerry Harding is only implied in The Lost World.

Novel canon

In The Lost World novel, Sarah Harding was an animal behaviorist who worked in the African savanna and her theories were very controversial. She was described as muscular and dark-haired.[1] She survived multiple encounters with lions by shouting and throwing stones. Sarah was described as being muscular and having short black hair, and because she had such a unique character, she became very famous and was idolized by Kelly Curtis. She told Kelly her mother and some of her professors never thought she could succeed. She mentions to Ian Malcolm that her father worked at the San Diego Zoo, ambiguously suggesting that Gerry Harding may be her father.[2]

When Ian Malcolm was in the Costa Rican hospital, recovering from his wounds from the incident on Isla Nublar, Sarah visited him. They almost fell in love, but later remained as close friends.[1]

She immediately left Africa when she was asked by Doc Thorne to join the team to find Richard Levine. She hitched a ride on a boat owned by Gandoca after being invited along by Lewis Dodgson as she could not find a flight to Isla Sorna. Before it docked, he threw her overboard. Sarah survived and got her revenge on Dodgson later in the novel by pushing him into the mouth of an adult Tyrannosaurus rex.[3] The Tyrannosaur then dropped Dodgson into a nest full of baby T. Rexes, which in turn would maul him to death.

Other canon

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In Jurassic Park: The Game, an angry Jess Harding remarks to her father Gerry Harding he hasn't spoken to Sarah for over a year during an argument, revealing that Gerry Harding is Sarah's estranged father from a previous failed marriage and that Jess is her younger half-sister.

In The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Sarah joined a small team of researchers on Isla Sorna on John Hammond's request. She displayed an array of knowledge in both living animals, having researched at the San Diego Zoo, and dinosaurs, understanding the anatomy of the leg muscles of the infant Tyrannosaur she successfully treated. She was joined later in the expedition by Ian Malcolm, with whom she had an ongoing relationship, and his daufants as soon as they could. Despite their rivalry, she endured Burke's behavior and even tried to save Burke when he was panicked into the Tyrannosaur's mouth after he saw a snake slithering into his shirt. The Tyrannosaurs stalked the group for a time, because Harding's jacket was covered in blood from when her and Nick Van Owen set the infant's leg. She and Malcolm survive the expedition.

She was also present at the San Diego Incident and tranquilized the male adult Tyrannosaur before it could be killed by large animal control. She was last shown in the film asleep with Malcolm on his couch while Hammond commented on the Incident on television.


Sarah has generally been portrayed as an intelligent and adventurous character with a free spirit and a strong sense of independence. She has repeatedly shown no fear of wandering into the habitats of animals and dinosaurs alone and interacting with them directly, and has also been shown to be willing to stand up for her beliefs, as shown in the film by her insistence to Robert Burke that Tyrannosaurs do not abandon their young.

In both versions of the character, she is dependable and capable as well as very compassionate, heroically rescuing other characters and trying to ensure their safety, only endangering the lives of her human companions when trying to help the life of an animal, such as when she assisted the baby Tyrannosaur's injury. In the film, her most notable achievement was tranquilizing a bull Tyrannosaurus in San Diego before the Animal Control unit could kill it, ensuring the Tyrannosaur family's survival.


Video Games

Sarah Harding is a playable character in the game The Lost World: Jurassic Park, although the character is called "Human Prey". Like in the novel, she drives in a car to the Worker Village and is chased by theropods, as well as fighting them with her guns.

She also appeared in Chaos Island: The Lost World as one of the playable units in the game.

She is mentioned by John Hammond in the game Jurassic Park: Operation Genesis. Though not part of the Operation Team, in the exercise "The Lost World", she is mentioned in an interview letter box to come check on Isla Nublar to pose photos of dinosaurs and exhibit them again after the island's reputation was destroyed.

Sarah Harding is also a playable character in the video game LEGO Jurassic World and has the abilities to jump high, dig through dinosaur dung and take photographs. It is again reinforced that Gerry Harding is her father, as he treats a Triceratops named "Sarah" and asks Ellie Sattler not to tell his daughter he named a dinosaur after her.



  • In the film, particularly in her introductory sequence, Sarah Harding exhibits traits from the character Richard Levine, who was removed from the film.


The Lost World Characters
Ian MalcolmSarah HardingRichard LevineJack ThorneEddie CarrArby BentonKelly CurtisLewis DodgsonGeorge BaseltonHoward King
The Lost World: Jurassic Park Characters
Ian MalcolmSarah HardingRoland TemboPeter LudlowJohn HammondKelly MalcolmNick Van OwenEddie CarrDieter StarkAjay SidhuRobert BurkeCarterLex MurphyTim MurphyCathy BowmanDeirdre BowmanPaul BowmanUnlucky BastardClaireElvisFriar TuckJuniorTyrannosaur DoeTyrannosaur Buck