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*WKU Faculty Led: Field Biology- Conservation and Management of African Wildlife
Hoedspruit, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Cost: Summer
Program Dates:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Number of Credits:
Credit Type:
WKU Credit
Field of Study:
Minimum GPA:
Good Academic Standing with WKU
Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
Faculty Leader:
DeGraves, Fred
Colonnade Credit: No Class Eligibility: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
In South Africa, wildlife management is privatized. Wildlife are frequently bought and sold, requiring intensive hands-on management. There is no place in the U.S. or in most African countries where students can experience and learn techniques of wildlife capture at the rate and intensity of the experience in South Africa. Additionally, South Africa has good transportation, communication and medical infrastructure, and most educated people speak English. This is the single best course a student can take to prepare them for veterinary professional schools or zoo work with wild, exotic animals.
Stokes with students

BIO 485 Field Biology African Wildlife Management
ANSC 475 (3 credits): African Wildlife Field Management Experience

Learning Objectives
This is a skills-based course for students in relevant careers, including veterinary medicine, ecology and wildlife biology.  The goals are to learn and apply:
  • basic field safety when working with wildlife
  • principles and practices of wildlife capture
  • principles and practices of wildlife immobilization
  • principles and practices of wildlife handling
  • principles and practices of temporary housing of wildlife
  • principles and practices of wildlife translocation
  • practice of wildlife conservation in South Africa
Tented camp, Guernsey; Limpopo, S. Africa


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This program is currently not accepting applications.