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Duration (approx) 600 hours
Qualification Certificate
Certificate in Wildlife Conservation - now available online! 
This course covers issues and aspects of wildlife conservation including ecological processes, conservation of species and their habitat, genetic diversity of small populations, vertebrate zoology, ecological processes, surveying for wildlife, ornithology and marine studies.

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Learn more about the rewarding and fascinating field of wildlife conservation.
Increase your knowledge and improve your job prospects at the same time!
Covers a wide range of issues relating to wildlife conservation -
  • ecological processes
  • conservation of species and their habitat
  • genetic diversity of small populations
  • vertebrate zoology
  • ecological processes
  • surveying for wildlife and
  • ornithology
  • marine studies
The course is made up of six modules.
There are four compulsory core modules  -
You then choose TWO electives from -
Each module can be taken as a stand alone course.



Wildlife is vulnerable to endangerment, decline and ultimately extinction; mainly because of  human influence. However, there are a variety of other reasons and causes that can cause predispose species to extinction; these are:

Species can be considered “rare” if they are either:

  • found in one specific type of environment or habitat
  • found in only one particular area  
  • they are found at a very low density in a certain geographic location

These characteristics will depend on each species geographic extent, the size of the habitat they live in and the amount of inhabitants in that particular area. Overall, rare species are considered more vulnerable to extinction as opposed to the more commonly known ones.

Ability to Disperse
Species that move in-between their habitats are less vulnerable to become in danger of extinction than those who show limited abilities to disperse.

Degree of Specialisation
Species that adapt to only one type of environment are generally more vulnerable to extinction. This is because they are “specialised” to only one type of resource (i.e. food, weather).

Population Variability
Species that have a more stable increase or decrease on their population size are more prone to survive as opposed to those that experience large cycle fluctuations.

Trophic Level
Species occupying higher positions in the food chain will be more prone to extinction. This is because they rely on the presence of other species for food.

Life Span
Species with a longer life expectancy are more prone to survive than those with shorter lifespan. This is because those who live longer experience more environmental changes (as well as possible human impacts)

Reproductive Rate
Species that have shorter gestation periods are less susceptible to become extinct. This is because those that can reproduce at a higher rate will be more prone to survive the unexpected changes that cause their populations to clash.






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Alison Pearce (general)P.G.Cert. Ed., M.Ecotourism, S.Sc. (Hons). Alison has held many positions including: University Lecturer, Writer, Quality Assurance Manager, Research Technician, Vet Nurse and stockwoman. Over 30 years industry experience, mostly in Australia and the UK.. Alison originally graduated with an honors degree in science from university and beyond that has completed post graduate qualifications in education and eco-tourism. She has managed veterinary operating theatre, responsible for animal anaesthesia, instrument preparation, and assistance with surgical techniques and procedures.
Dr. Gareth PearceGraduated from the University of Nottingham in 1982 with a B.Sc.(Hons) in Animal Science. Between 82 and 85 worked as Research Assistant and Demonstator in Animal Science at the University of Leeds. Over more than 30 years he has furthered his studies, obtaining eight significant university qualifications including degrees in Veterinary Science, Wildlife Conservation and Animal Behaviour. Gareth has significant teaching experience around the world as a faculty member at eight different universities including Associate Professor at Murdoch University and Director of Studies in Veterinary Science at Cambridge University. He has over 100 prestigious research papers published, and enjoys an outstanding international reputation in the fields of animal and veterinary science.

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