African Wildlife Course

African Wildlife Studies Diploma course

African Wildlife Studies Diploma course

Course Price:  £449

£230 followed by 3 x monthly payments of £90

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

Course Accreditation

QLS-02009


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Continued Professional Development

This course counts for 60 hours CPD

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African Wildlife Studies Diploma
Level 3


  • The African Wildlife course provides a good starting point for people wanting to work in wildlife management or conservation. This includes a variety of careers working in safari parks, educational centres and zoos.
  • 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.

Module 1

African Wildlife Ecology

The first module of the African Wildlife Course explores the subject of wildlife ecology in an African context and includes the major ecological crises facing parts of Africa.

Learn about the major habitats & biomes of the African continent including: Savannah, desert, grassland, alpine, forest (& sub-types), wetlands, man-made; climate; vegetation; soil type; topography and predominant animal species.

Learn about food chains and the effect of imbalances.

Learn about African ecological crises & the impact on wildlife including: Human population growth, deforestation, poaching & illegal trade, habitat destruction, pollution, etc.


Module 2

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.

Module 3

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 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.

Module 4

African Herbivores

This module of the African Wildlife Course explores the explore the basic biology and ecology of a number of 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 the biology & ecology of  African herbivores including: Appearance, lifespan, diet, habitat, behaviour, reproduction, parental care, social grouping, competitors and threats/predators.

Module 5

African Primates

The module begins by illustrating the difference in various terms used to describe primates and then explores the basic biology and ecology of a number of 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, encroachment of human settlements, pest/vermin populations, disease, zoonoses and exploitation in eco-tourism.

Module 6

African Birds

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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£449

 £230 followed by 3 x monthly payments of £90

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)


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