African Wildlife Ecology

Professional Development
20 hours CPD
 

African Wildlife Ecology Certificate Level 3

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  • This two module African Wildlife Ecology Course is of relevance to anyone working in wildlife ecology and to those wanting to work or volunteer in Africa in this field.
  • The course includes the principles of wildlife ecology as well as the ecological crises facing some parts of Africa. Learn about ecosystems, food chains, biomes and habitats.
 

The Born Free Foundation is a dynamic international wildlife charity, devoted to compassionate conservation and animal welfare.

We support the work of Born Free and donate 15% of each enrolment on this course to the charity.

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Module 1

African Ecology

This African Ecology course module explores the fundamental principles of wildlife ecology and provides illustrations and examples of habitats, biomes, ecosystems and food chains within an African setting.

Module 2

Ecological Crises

Module 2 explores the ecological crises facing parts of Africa.

 

marine-plastic-pollutionDue to the complexities of interactions between components of an ecosystem and food web, interference at any level (e.g. from pollution, extinction of a species, overpopulation of a species, loss of vegetation) can have devastating effects on the ecosystem and all the organisms within it. As an example, currently vultures in Southern Africa are facing extinction.

Vultures are key scavenger species in the ecosystem as they act to clean up the environment. They rapidly dispose of large carcasses that would otherwise be left to rot and potentially transfer disease. The vultures also play an important role in nutrient cycling, as well as alerting other predators to the presence of a carcass, indirectly assisting them to find food.

Vultures are being targeted by humans for use in traditional medicines as well as being persecuting due to their bad reputation as vermin. 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.

This course explores african wildlife ecology and the ecological crisis facing some parts of africa.

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