Many alarming world trends, including climate change, is threatening our wildlife more than ever. These animals need knowledgeable, compassionate humans to help! This course suits those with a general interest in wildlife conservation or those looking for a career in academia, consulting companies, wildlife and conservation organisations, professional and scientific societies or even in zoos and aquariums.
The Certificate of Wildlife Conservationis an online professional development program that will give you a broad knowledge base of the strategies involved in wildlife conservation and how research, surveys and management techniques can assist with its preservation.
In this wildlife conservation course, you will explore important concepts like ecology and biological diversity, farming and urban planning, revegetation and restoration, the recovery of threatened species, and the different types of habitats including woodlands, tundras, forests and mangrove habitats.
You will also study varying approaches to wildlife conservation including the species, landscape and ecosystem approaches, and how to undertake vegetation, fauna and marine conservation surveys.
On completion of this course, you will satisfy your passion for wildlife and leverage positive changes for the future of our planet and its fauna.
Unit: Wildlife Conservation
Unit 1 – Introduction to Wildlife conservation
What is wildlife conservation?
The need for wildlife conservation
Threatening processes (Ecology, Ecosystem and Biome)
Habitat and life span
Habitat degradation and loss
Types of soil degradation
Types of Erosion
Population isolation/conservation genetics
Extinction and Disease
Density and Disease
Impacts of Disease Control Measures
Unit 2 – Recovery of threatened species
Loss of species categories of risk
Species vulnerability to endangerment
Ability to Disperse
Degree of Specialisation
Recovery of species
Critical habitat and protecting habitat
Research population growth
Unit 3 – Habitat conservation
Types of Habitat
Temperate and tropical forests, woodland, tundra and mangrove habitats
Creating habitat corridors, situating corridors and edge effects
Implementing a land rehabilitation management program
Determining land objectives, determining a program
The role of GIS in conservation
The role of protected areas
Levels of protection
Approaches to reserve selection
Unit 4 – Approaches to conservation of threatened wildlife
Effective population size, small populations
Population viability analysis (PVA)
Spatial distribution of populations within a landscape
Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management
Unit 5 – Vegetation (Flora) surveys
Plant Identification (names and scientific names)
Levels of division
List of plant groups
Flora survey techniques
Remote sensing data.
Unit 6 – Fauna surveys
Types of surveys / census techniques
Total counts and sampling
Direct methods of surveying wildlife
Indirect methods of surveying wildlife
Roadside and call counts
Hair tube analysis
Sampling methods specific to animal populations
Random vs non-random sampling
Unit 7 – Marine conservation
Commercial fish stock management
Stock identity and assessment
Stock management methods
Capture and mixed methods
Non-lethal whale research techniques
Acoustic research methods
Genetics and satellite tagging
Unit 8 – Planning for wildlife
Planning farm activities
Off property effects
Biological and climactic considerations
Examples of information to be collected & analysed
Examples of decisions which might need to be made
Aspects of urban management
Urban planning for wildlife
Unit 9 – Management
Managing threatened wildlife populations
Recovering threatened species
Removal of Predators/Competitors
Exclusion fencing for threatened species
Designing and planting a fire break
Unit 10 – Wildlife conservation project
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
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Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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