Elephant Course



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Elephant Care Behaviour and Welfare Diploma course

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Elephant Course

Course Fees:  £499

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

Continued Professional Development

This course counts for 60 hours CPD

Elephant Care, Behaviour & Welfare Diploma  Level 3

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

When you study a wildlife, zoology or conservation course with Animal Jobs Direct, you will be approved for ZSL Fellowship. Fellows get unlimited access for them and a family guest to ZSL London and Whipsnade Zoos plus borrowing rights in the extensive ZSL library of rare zoological texts. Enrol on your course and apply directly to ZSL for Fellowship.  

Module 1

Understanding Elephants and their behaviours

The first module of the Elephant Course is all about the key categories of elephant behaviour & how these key behaviours are recognised. Learn also about the differences between female & male & the social structure of elephant herds.

Module 2

Origins of elephants & differences between species

Module 2 includes the origins & evolution of Elephants & differences between the species still in existence in Asia & Africa. 

Module 3

Habitats, Foraging & Feeding Patterns

In module 3, you will explore the range of Elephant distribution & habitats worldwide. The module also includes information about the role of feeding/foraging behaviours & patterns & their impact on vegetation. Human-elephant conflicts are introduced too.

Module 4

Elephants in Captivity 1 - Enrichment & Nutrition

This module considers the ethics of keeping elephants in captivity & if they are captive, how to ensure high standards of environmental enrichment to meet some of their behavioural & psychological needs. Nutrition is studied in module 4 too, as environmental enrichment involves the nutrition of captive elephants. 


Module 5

Elephants in Captivity 2 – Health, Transport & Records

Module 5 Learn about Elephant First Aid as well as how to recognise signs of ill health, ailments & diseases. Understand the importance of Record Keeping, Identification & how to transport elephants.

Module 6

Ecological and Conservation Principles

This module explores the human-wildlife conflict, attitudes to elephants around the world & relevant ecotourism, community engagement & conservation strategies. Module 6 also investigates the role of organisations working in the rescue, care & rehabilitation of elephants.

  • The Elephant Course explores elephant behaviour, care and welfare in both natural habitats and ex-situ environments. It has been designed to provide an understanding of elephant behaviour and management issues in order to improve their care and welfare.
  • The Elephant is the largest mammalian herbivore found on Earth. Elephant habitats are disappearing fast and unfortunately, many are killed by poaching. The illegal trade also poses a real danger to many elephants in the wild.
  • The comprehensive course also examines the context and the role of conservation initiatives within wild and captive environments.
  • This course will be of interest to anyone working or volunteering with elephants.

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

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