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Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 60 hours CPD
Anyone 18 or over and studying our African Conservation Studies Diploma Course is eligible for ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Fellowship.
African Wildlife Ecology
Module 1 of the African Conservation Course 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.
African Ecological Crises
This module explores the major ecological crises affecting African wildlife. Learn about the effects of human population growth, deforestation, poaching & illegal trade, habitat destruction, pollution, & more.
Big Cat Conservation
Learn about the conservation threats facing African big cats, and practices and policies in managing big cats in Africa.
Conservation of other African Predators
Learn about the role of scavengers in the African ecosystem. Explore the conservation threats to 3 African predators (excluding the big cats covered in module 3).
Conservation of African Herbivores
Learn about the conservation and management issues affecting African herbivore populations.
Conservation of African Primates
This module explores the major conservation threats facing African apes.
£230 followed by 3 x monthly payments of £90
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)
There are two types of ecological crises; one is human-induced and the other is caused by natural events. Broadly speaking an ecological crisis defines a situation where an environment is changed in a way that destabilises the ecosystem to the point that the survival of species and/or populations is threatened with extinction. Although incidences of climate change are recorded in pre-human history, recent changes are considered by some to be the result of human activity. However the evidence is doubtful in many cases and these considerations are based upon only a hundred years or so of reliable data. Increases in temperature and altered rainfall patterns affect global ecosystems. Another type of ecological crisis occurs when increased predation pressure changes the environment in a way that renders it less favourable for some species. Examples of this are over-fishing, and the hunting to extinction of some species used as food by humans. Overpopulation of one species may also leave an environment unfavourable for other species. For example, removal of top predators from an ecosystem may result in the overpopulation of prey species, which can lead to over-grazing and degradation of the land. Natural events can also cause ecological crises, and include volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes and fires. These events have the capacity to eradicate significant numbers of organisms, including vegetation and animal life. The result on the environment can be devastating, taking years for the soil and vegetation to recover enough to sustain consumers. This african conservation course explores the major ecological issues and impacts affecting african wildlife.