Big Cat Studies Diploma

QEL Code 797
CPD 107
Estimated Study Time 107 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online / Optional Placement in Cornwall
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Course fees £499£699


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Big Cat Studies Diploma Level 3

Did you know that there are 38 species of big cats on the planet? You have probably heard of the popular species like tigers, leopards and jaguars – but have you heard of the margay species? This big cat online course will take you through all there is to know about the mighty creatures that are big cats.

You will learn about the behavioural differences and similarities between big cats and domestic cats, as well as comparing anatomies. You will discover their natural habitats and origins, as well as the characteristics and attributes of several different types of big cat. The ethical topic of big cats in captivity will also be discussed in-depth, with information about the enrichment needs and environmental requirements of captive big cats. You will also learn about charities that participate in big cat rescue and rehabilitation. Finally, you will cover the conservation issues surrounding big cats, looking at what communities and society can be doing to help ensure their survival.

Unit # 1

Understanding Big Cats

This unit of the big cat course will examine the genetic links between different species. Students will discover and the behavioural and anatomical similarities and differences between big cat species and domestic cats.

Unit # 2

Natural Habitats and Origins of Big Cats

Students will learn about the natural habitats and origins of big cats. You will gain an understanding of similarities and differences of the big cat sub-species we have today, whilst learning how big cats adapt to their environments.

Unit # 3

Characteristics and Types of Big Cats

Unit 3 covers the types and characteristics of big cats including lions, tigers, leopards, pumas, lynx and jaguars.

Unit # 4

Big Cats in Captivity

In this unit, students will learn about the ethical issues surrounding captive animals. Learn how to provide adequate nutrition, environmental enrichment, whilst understanding psychological and behavioural needs for big cats kept in captivity. Finally, students will cover the role played by animal charities that rehabilitate and rescue big cats.

Unit # 5

Caring for Big Cats in Captivity

Learn about the welfare and care of big cats in captivity as part of their rehabilitation. Unit 5 has information on first aid, common ailments and diseases and identifying the signs of ill health. Learn about identification, transportation and record keeping – all essential towards the care of captive big cats.

Unit # 6

Conservation and Ecological Principles

Finally, students will explore how the conflict between wildlife and humans is relevant to big cats. Discover how communities are becoming engaged to assist and conserve big cats.

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. Fellows are allowed entry to the large ZSL library of precious zoological texts. ZSL for Fellowship.

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Why study the Big Cats Diploma Level 3 Course?

The Level 3 Diploma in Big Cats is the ideal animal behaviour course for anyone looking to work or volunteer with big cats. This course is also suitable for anyone interested in learning more about big cats generally.

The comprehensive course content will explore habitats under threat, ecological and conservation principles relevant to all species of big cats. You will also get the chance to discover the care and welfare of big cats in captivity. This includes big cat first aid, record keeping, identification and transportation.

Alongside this big cat behaviour course, you will have the opportunity to undertake some practical learning at one of our partner centres in Cornwall. For more information on this, including upcoming dates, price and booking information, please contact one of our team through the available chat box.

Upon completion of this course, you will also be eligible to apply for a ZSL Fellowship.

Big Cat Care, Behaviour and Welfare

The Level 3 Diploma in Big Cats is suitable for working or volunteering with Big Cats.

This big cat course will take you through the intriguing topic of big cat species, which includes behaviour, origins, habitats, types, characteristics and attributes, and the conservation of big cats.

This distance learning course will also explore the issue of big cats who live and are bred in captivity. You will learn more about the associated ethical issues, as well as the animal welfare charities that aid and assist with the rescue, care and rehabilitation of big cats. Practical issues such as nutrition, environmental enrichment, record keeping, transporting, first aid and identification are also included and discussed in this course.

So why wait? Enrol now on this online big cat behaviour course and discover the world of big cats.

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