African Wildlife and Conservation Studies Diploma Level 3
Do you have a passion for African Wildlife? Do you want the skills and knowledge to work in Wildlife Conservation? Look no further than our African Wildlife and Conservation Studies Diploma Level 3.
This course focuses on a range of species and topics related to wildlife and conservation, providing perspectives that can enable you to help build a sustainable future for wildlife. There is a range of topics included in this course, which vary from African Wildlife ecology, ecological crises, big cats, African herbivores and predators, primates and African birds.
This animal course is ideal for anyone looking to increase their understanding of African wildlife. It is a recognised and accredited course that enables the professional development of safari-park workers, zoo workers or anyone wishing to directly participate in African Wildlife conservation. Completion of this course will contribute 60 hours of CPD to your training, and it can be accessed online.
The African Wildlife and Conservation Studies Course is comprised of six comprehensive units on the following topics:
Unit # 1
Ecological Crises and African Wildlife Ecology
This unit teaches you about the major ecological crises which affect African Wildlife. These include poaching and illegal trade, habitat degradation, pollution, deforestation and the effects of increasing population growth in humans.
You will learn the meaning of the ‘ecosystem’ which includes aspects like biological and physical components, terrestrial, aquatic, and also interactions and dependency. You will then develop your understanding of the food chains, regarding areas such as carnivores, omnivores, predator/prey imbalances, and imbalances in trophic levels.
Unit # 2
African Big Cats
Unit 2 studies the evolution, origins, habits and conservation methods of big cats. Explore the world of big cats’ diet, habitat, geographic range, behaviours, social grouping, appearance, lifespan, reproduction, parental care and competitors and threats. Increase your knowledge of the threats to the conservation of African big cats in the modern world. This includes information on global big cat law, education, poaching and hunting, trapping, poisoning, diseases, habitat loss and the role of zoos and safari parks.
Lastly, students will develop an understanding of multiple ways that big cats in Africa are studied. These include: Spoor and scat analysis, environmental marking, radio telemetry, kill identification, total count, waterhole counts, aerial surveys, tag/release, and also trapping (live and camera). This unit will take you through advantages and disadvantages to each method.
Unit # 3
Alternative African Predators
Unit 3 will expand your awareness of predators found in Africa. You will investigate their biology and ecology, with a specific focus on learning the approach predators take to avoid competitors and survive. This section includes birds of prey such as vultures, wild dogs, foxes, hyaenas, caracal, jackals, serval, aardwolf and wolves. You will learn about African predator conservation threats and also the part played by ecosystem scavengers. Finally, the unit will cover the modern-day threats that are faced by the predators themselves, including poaching, trapping, pollution, poisoning, habitat destruction, competition and hunting.
Unit # 4
Herbivores of Africa
This unit explores the ecological and biological aspects of the lives of African Herbivores. You will learn about the concerns regarding their management and conservation. These concerns include culling, disease, poaching, predators and hunting, habitat degradation, game farms, game capture and meat, nature reserves, exotic species, theft, and finally migration routes. Lastly, the unit includes ecological and biological information on African herbivores such as appearance, habitat, diet, competitors, lifespan, behaviour, social grouping, reproduction, parental care, and threats.
Unit # 5
This unit begins by illustrating the differences used to describe primates and explores the biology and ecology of multiple different species, as well as their conservation threats. For apes, these include habitat destruction, poaching and bushmeat, Zoonoses, other diseases, pollution, wildlife trading, human threats, vermin populations, and lastly the exploiting of apes in eco-tourism.
Unit # 6
In this unit, you will discover a selection of birds from the continent of Africa. Learn about their significance to African ecology and the threats they face.
You will also be eligible to apply for ZSL Fellowship after completion of this course.
What is ZSL Fellowship?
Students unlock eligibility to apply for ZSL Fellowship when they study an animal course on zoology, conservation or wildlife with Animal Courses Direct. In becoming a Fellow, students gain access for themselves and a plus one to Whipsnade Zoos and ZSL London. They also are permitted entry to the large ZSL library of precious zoological texts.
Enrol on your course and then you can apply directly to ZSL for Fellowship. ZSL for Fellowship.
Why study this African Wildlife and Conservation Course?
This animal course explores the many factors that impact African Wildlife, including human population growth, habitat degradation, deforestation, poaching and illegal trade, and pollution. It allows for the evaluation of current policies and practices in the world of African Wildlife Management. The enormous number of wildlife in the African Wilderness is incredible and inspiring, however, the modern-day impact of human settlements on natural habitats has increased the threat to species. We now require an increasing conservation effort to protect and manage these wonderful creatures. Finding new and lasting solutions for harmonious cohabitation is the current priority.
This animal course provides a thorough understanding of this important topic. It is an ideal route into a professional career working with wildlife or in conservation. It’s also of use to anyone looking to expand on existing experience working with animals.
Don’t wait, enrol today to discover the world of African Wildlife and how you can start a career making a difference.
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