What will you learn with the African Wildlife and Conservation course?
General African conservation builds the foundation of this course - the challenges, threats and efforts to-date to tackle these. From there, the course focuses on specific animal groups, particularly endangered:
African Big Cats:
Learn all about the lives of African Big Cats, their geographic habitat, basic physiology and much more. Explore existing conservation methods, how efforts intersect with each species' origins and evolution, the greatest threats that lie ahead, and discover ways of extending your studies by observing big cats in the wild.
Learn about the most common predators of African wildlife, including wild dogs, wolves, jackals, vultures etc. Extend your knowledge through studying scavenging and how it intersects with ecosystems. You will also understand the threats from poaching and hunting.
African herbivores - such as gazelles, antelopes, and elephants - face some of the most extreme threats. Learn about issues such as disease, poaching, hunting, culling and more. You will be introduced to basic and advanced terminology used in the study of African herbivores, such as browsers, grazers and many more.
You will learn the basic biology, ecology and physiology of a variety of primate species, including African apes and African monkeys. Understand the numerous threats specific to these species, as well as gain a thorough overview of existing conservation efforts and their efficacy.
African birds and reptiles:
Learn about the wide varieties of birds and reptiles found on the African continent and their importance to ecology in Africa. You will also focus on the specific threats faced by African birds and reptiles in the modern world.