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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
Program Cost: Summer
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 04/01/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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Program Catagory: WKU Faculty Led
Faculty Leader:
Stokes, Michael
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 and 485G: Field Biology African Wildlife Management, taught by Dr. Mike Stokes (

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 on Cheetah Inn, Guernsey 


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