WILDLIFE CONSERVATION Course Online
Wildlife conservation is a practice in which people attempt to protect endangered plant and animal species, along with their habitats. This is the process of individuals and organizations to protect and maintain the species through conservation education, environmental care and management of fish and wildlife.
Our Wildlife Conservation course will provide you with the foundation knowledge for conserving threatened wildlife. This course covers important aspects related to wildlife conservation such as:
- habitat use, habitat fragmentation and biogeography
- genetic diversity and conserving small populations
- wildlife survey techniques
- flora survey techniques
- surveying marine life and
- working with legislation and much more.
The valuable skills obtained through the study of his wildlife conservation course could be built upon with further study. Careerline courses in conservation and enviromental management, wildlife management, animal behaviour, landscape restoration or nature park management I and II would be well worth considering.
Attractive discounts apply for multiple course pathways [see our 'discounts and payment plan' page]
There are 10 lessons in this course:
- Introduction to Wildlife Conservation
- What is wildlife conservation
- The need for wildlife conservation
- Important concepts – ecology, ecosystem, biome, conservation values, biological diversity, genetic drift, habitat, life span, wildlife movement and wildlife management.
- Threatening processes – habitat fragmentation, habitat degradation and loss, soil degradation, erosion, pollution, unsustainable harvesting, invasive species, climate change, population isolation and disease.
- Biodiversity indicators
- Recovery of Threatened Species
- Loss of species – categories of risk
- Species vulnerability to endangerment
- Recovery of species and threat management
- Habitat Conservation – identifying critical habitat and protecting habitat
- Research – population growth, habitat use and conservation genetics
- Captive breeding
- Public involvement
- Habitat Conservation
- Types of Habitat – eg. temperate and tropical forests, woodland, tundra and mangrove habitats
- Habitat Use
- Species Richness
- Habitat Fragmentation
- Creating Habitats
- Restoration Ecology – creating habitat corridors, situating corridors, types of corridors, edge effects
- Habitat Rehabilitation – implementing a land management program, determining objectives, determining a program
- The Role of GIS in Conservation
- The Role of Protected Areas – levels of protection, approaches to reserve selection and limitation of reserves.
- Approaches to Conservation of Threatened Wildlife
- Species Approach – modelling demography, effective population size, small populations, population viability analysis (PVA)
- Landscape Approach – elements of landscape ecology, distribution of populations within a landscape, landscape modelling
- Ecosystem Approach – the need for ecosystem management, understanding dynamics, adaptive management, objectives for ecologically sustainable forest management.
- Vegetation Surveys
- Plant Identification – common names, scientific names, levels of division, botanical keys,
- Vegetation survey techniques such as quadrat surveys, landscape assessments, line surveys.
- Vegetation Mapping – remote sensing data.
- Fauna Surveys
- Observation techniques – spotlighting, scat surveys, census techniques
- Trapping Techniques – radio tracking, call recordings, pit fall traps, Elliot traps.
- Species identification
- Marine Conservation
- Reef Surveys
- Habitat Surveys
- Aerial Surveys
- Commercial Fish Stock Management
- Planning for Wildlife
- Farm Planning
- Urban Planning
- Use of GIS
- Managing Threatened Wildlife Populations – manipulating populations, revegetation/restoration, creating corridors, pest control plans, fencing for species, fire breaks.
- Wildlife Conservation Project
Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.
- Develop a concept of the guiding principles of wildlife conservation and the threats to wildlife.
- Determine the principles and approaches used towards species recovery.
- Discuss the principles of habitat conservation with regards to fragmentation, restoration and the use of protected areas.
- Describe and discuss the various approaches used to conserve threatened species and ecosystems.
- Appreciate the range of flora survey techniques that have been developed to sample fauna for the purposes of conservation.
- Discuss and differentiate between fauna survey techniques that have been developed to sample fauna for the purposes of conservation.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the consequences of overexploitation. Discuss and differentiate between marine survey techniques used to conserve marine species.
- Discuss and differentiate the range of planning tools available for farming, urban and residential planning to help conserve wildlife.
- Identify various management techniques used to conserve wildlife.
- Develop a wildlife recovery plan for a species under threat.