Big Cat Course

Big Cat Care, Behaviour and Welfare

Big Cat Care, Behaviour and Welfare

Course Price:  £699

This course includes a 1 week practical placement

Please contact us if you would like to enrol WITHOUT the practical placement

£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90

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

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QLS-01967


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Anyone 18 or over and studying our Big Cat Care, Behaviour & Welfare Diploma Course is eligible for ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Fellowship.

Continued Professional Development

  This course counts for 107 hours CPD

Big Cat Care, Behaviour & Welfare Diploma
Level 3

The Big Cat course is for those working or volunteering with Big Cats.

Learn about the origins and natural habitats of Big Cats, the genetic links between species and the types & characteristics of Big Cats. 

This comprehensive course also explores habitats under threat, ecological & conservation principles relevant to Big Cats as well as the care & welfare of Big Cats in captivity; including first aid, record keeping, identification and transportation.

The course is of relevance for anyone interested in learning more about Big Cats.

This course includes an optional 1 Week Practical placement, please scroll down for more information

Walking For Lions is a charity that makes a difference on the ground, saving and protecting the remaining wild lions in Africa. Their mission is to protect lions in various areas of Africa by supporting local communities that struggle with lions/livestock conflict.

We support the work of Walking For Lions and donate 10% of each enrolment on this course to the charity.


Module 1

Understanding Big Cats

Module 1 of the Big Cat course examines the genetic links between species and the anatomical and behavioural differences and similarities between big cats species and domestic cats.


Module 2

Origins and natural habitats of Big Cats

Learn about the origins & natural habitats of Big Cats. Gain an understanding of the similarities and differences between the modern day big cat sub-species and how big cats are adapted to their environment.


Module 3

Types and Characteristics of Big Cats

This module deals with the types and characteristics of Big Cats including: Lions, Leopards, Jaguars, Tigers, Pumas and Lynx.


Module 4

Big Cats in Captivity

The ethical issues captivity are looked at in this module. Learn how to provide environment enrichment, adequate nutrition and understand behavioural & psychological needs of Big Cats in captivity. Learn about the roles of animal charities that rescue and rehabilitate Big Cats.


Module 5

Caring for Big Cats in Captivity

Learn about the care and welfare of Big Cats in captivity as part of rehabilitation. This module has information about First Aid, identifying the signs of ill health, as well as common ailments and diseases. Record Keeping, Identification and Transportation.


Module 6

Ecological and Conservation Principles

Explore the Human-wildlife conflict as relevant to Big Cats. Learn about how communities can be engaged to conserve and assist Big Cats.

1 Week Practical Experience (Optional)

Students completing this course will have the option of spending 1 week with the Cat Survival Trust. This is a registered charity that has a variety of Big Cat species housed for conservation and education.

This fantastic charity focuses on conservation of all wild cats, as well as habitat protection and long term species survival and protection. 

The Cat Survival trust takes in unwanted or surplus cats, including those from zoos, collections as well as those that have been kept as pets.

Please note that for safety reasons, students on placements will not be ‘hands on’ with the cats (e.g. not entering their enclosures). Instead students will be providing general care and husbandry, maintenance, environmental enrichment, as well as gaining vital experience from the wealth of knowledge of the charity and personnel.

Please note that this placement is not a zoo and you will need to be physically fit to carry out the daily tasks at the placement. Students can enrol on this Big Cat course without the Practical

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Free with this course 2 ebooks - over 600 pages of exclusive content - Volunteering with Animals and Working with Animals, compiled and written by the Animal Jobs Direct team of animal care professionals.

Walking For Lions is a charity that makes a difference on the ground, saving and protecting the remaining wild lions in Africa. Their mission is to protect lions in various areas of Africa by supporting local communities that struggle with lions/livestock conflict.

We support the work of Walking For Lions and donate 10% of each enrolment on this course to the charity.



£699



 £325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90

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

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This Big Cat course explores the fascinating subject of big cat species including behaviour, origins, habitats, characteristics, types and the conservation of big cats. The course also explores the issue of Big Cats living in captivity and the associated ethical issues as well as the animal welfare charities that 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 covered in this course. 


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