African Wildlife Ecology and Ecological Crises
Module 1 studies African Wildlife Ecology. Learn about the concept of “ecosystem”: Terrestrial, aquatic, biological and physical components, interactions and dependency. Learn about food chains and the effect of imbalances: Trophic levels, herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, predators and prey and imbalances.
Explore the major ecological crises affecting African wildlife. Learn about the effects of human population growth, deforestation, poaching & illegal trade, habitat destruction, pollution & more.
Big Cats of Africa
Learn about the conservation methods, habitats, evolution and origins of Big Cats. This module explores the biology and habitats of the three big cat species found in Africa. Learn about African big cats, their geographic range and habits, appearances, lifespan, diet, habitat, behaviour, reproduction, parental care, social grouping, competitors and threats. Learn about the conservation threats facing African big cats and the current practices & policies in managing big cats in Africa including: Hunting, poaching, habitat loss, poisoning/trapping, disease, legal protection, international legislation, nature reserves, education, eco-tourism, zoos & safari parks.
Learn about the methods of studying big cats in Africa including: Aerial surveys, tag/release, trapping (live & camera), total counts, waterhole counts, spoor & scat analysis, radiotelemetry, environmental marking, local people’s knowledge, kill identification, strengths & weaknesses of each method.
Other African Predators
As per Module 2 of the African Wildlife Course, this module expands the view to include many more of the predators found in Africa and investigates their biology and ecology, with specific emphasis on the methods used to avoid or survive the competition. This section includes wild dogs, hyaenas, birds of prey (including vultures), foxes, jackals, serval, caracal, aardwolf and wolves. The role of scavengers in the ecosystem is explored, as are the conservation threats faced by some of the other African predators. Learn how competitors co-exist in the environment. This section also explores the conservation threats to African predators, including Pollution, poaching, trapping, poisoning, habitat loss, competition and hunting.
This module of the African Wildlife Course explores the explore the basic biology and ecology of several herbivores commonly encountered in Africa. Learn about the conservation & management issues affecting African herbivore populations including Poaching, hunting, game farms, game meat, nature reserves, game capture, culling, exotic species, disease, predation, theft, habitat loss and migration routes. Learn about the terminology used to describe African herbivores & outline their features, including Browsers, grazers, pachyderms, horse-like (equids), pig-like (porcine), antelope, gazelle and buck. Learn about the biology & ecology of African herbivores including Appearance, lifespan, diet, habitat, behaviour, reproduction, parental care, social grouping, competitors and threats/predators.
The module begins by illustrating the difference in various terms used to describe primates and then explores the basic biology and ecology of several case study species.The conservation threats faced by these species are investigated and evaluated. Learn about basic biology & ecology of African apes and African monkeys, including Appearance, lifespan, diet, habitat, behaviour, reproduction, parental care, social grouping, competitors, threats/predators. Learn about the major conservation threats facing African apes, including Bushmeat, habitat loss, poaching, wildlife trade, pollution, the encroachment of human settlements, pest/vermin populations, disease, zoonoses and exploitation in eco-tourism.
This module explores the great variety of birds on the African continent and their importance to African ecology and the threats they face.
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African Wildlife and Conservation Course
The Level 3 Diploma in African Wildlife and Conservation Studies provides an excellent starting point for careers working in wildlife management or conservation. Including a variety of careers working in safari parks, educational centres and zoos. Learn about African Wildlife Ecology, Big Cat Conservation, African Herbivore Conservation, African Primate Conservation and the conservation of African Predators.
There is particular emphasis on learning about the mammalian wildlife of the continent. Some avian and reptilian wildlife is also covered.
Students will gain a thorough understanding of the basic principles of African wildlife ecology, conservation and management and explores the major ecological crises affecting African wildlife.
African Wildlife and Conservation
This course explores the impacts that human population growth, deforestation, poaching & illegal trade, habitat destruction, pollution, etc. have on African Wildlife. It also evaluates current practices and policies in African Wildlife Management.
African Wildlife and Conservation Studies
The sheer range of wildlife in the African Wilderness is awe-inspiring but the impact of human settlements on their natural habitats is equally undeniable and requires an ever-increasing conservation effort to protect both living spaces. Finding unique solutions for harmonious cohabitation is a priority. The African Wildlife and Conservation Studies Course has a wide-ranging focus and provides insights that could become catalysts for a sustainable future.
Why study this African Wildlife and Conservation Course ?
The course is suitable for those seeking to expand their knowledge of African wildlife. It is an accredited course that supports the professional development of those working in zoos, safari parks, or those wanting to get involved directly in African conservation.
Commencing your studies:
The complete African Wildlife and Conservation Studies course contributes 60 hours of CPD, and can be accessed online. This course provides a thorough understanding of the subject and is an ideal route into a professional career working in the field or expanding on existing experience.
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.