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Continued Professional Development
This course counts for 60 hours CPD
African Wildlife Ecology and Ecological Crises
Module 1 of the The African Wildlife and Conservation Studies Diploma 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.
Explore the major ecological crises affecting African wildlife. Learn about the effects of human population growth, deforestation, poaching & illegal trade, habitat destruction, pollution, & more.
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.
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.
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 biology & ecology of African herbivores including: Appearance, lifespan, diet, habitat, behaviour, reproduction, parental care, social grouping, competitors and threats/predators.
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.
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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