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Summer 2020

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Conservation and Management of African Wildlife


Experience and learn firsthand the techniques of wildlife capture in South Africa.

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.


This program includes a WKU Spring Term component and a study abroad course.


Spring 2020

Through online instruction, students will master these topics as part of a non-credit bearing ‘course’ offered via a Blackboard organization site.  Eleven online lectures and four quizzes cover these topics:

  1. Introduction to Wildlife
  2. The Wildlife of South Africa (test required)
  3. Principles of Wildlife Management
  4. Introduction to Conservation
  5. Principles of Conservation
  6. Comparative Models of Wildlife Management and Conservation
  7. Methods of wildlife capture
  8. Basic immobilization principles
  9. Geography, Evolution and Ecology of South Africa
  10. South African Human History and Languages
  11. Traveling in Developing Countries—safety rules


Summer 2020

The sequence of topics will vary with year and activities.  Students will learn the following through observation and participation:

  1. Field safety (lectures at base camp and in transit)
  2. Reptile conservation (at Khamai Reptile Center)
  3. Wildlife rehabilitation and local attitudes towards wildlife (at Moholoholo Rehab Center)
  4. Principles of game ranching and ranch management (at several sites in Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces)
  5. Basic wildlife capture (demonstrations and lectures at base camp and nearby ranches)
  6. Applied chemical immobilization (at various sites)
  7. Mass capture and wildlife transport (at base camp and nearby ranches)
  8. Animal handling techniques (at various sites)


Questions? Contact the program leaders or the Office of Study Abroad & Global Learning right away.



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

Faculty Leaders

  • Dr. Mike Stokes


  • Hoedspruit - Tented camp on private property in the gated Guernsey district, 20km south of Hoedspruit, RSA. 
  • First night at Emerald Guest House, Johannesburg.


  • Summer 2020

Important Items

  • Students are responsible for their own flight reservations.


More info coming soon!


Western Kentucky University and its associates are not responsible for any loss due to theft, personal injury, flight or weather delays, negligence, or default of suppliers, or suppliers changing of itineraries. They and their associates are not responsible for any loss due to travel/flight delays or changes in travel plans due to Acts of Nature or other unforeseen circumstances, nor are we responsible for accidents and medical care. Tour services are furnished by independent contractors who are not agents or servants of Western Kentucky University. Refunds are not available for unused portions of the package.

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 Last Modified 8/30/19