The University of Southern Queensland is opening its doors to future conservationists with the addition of new courses.
Wildlife Management will spring to life in 2022, allowing students the opportunity to get hands-on with nature and help protect our endangered species.
Program coordinator Associate Professor Peter Murray said the new courses would help to preserve one of the country’s most precious assets.
“Most people have no idea that we've got nearly two and a half thousand native terrestrial vertebrate species in Australia,” Associate Professor Murray said.
“However, we also have the highest rate of mammal extinctions in the world – which makes these courses incredibly important.
“Wildlife management is an interesting area because it encapsulates everything from captive wildlife, such as in zoos, to biosecurity and ecology.
“There are other Queensland universities offering courses on wildlife, but they mostly focus on invertebrates or marine life – there isn’t really an equivalent of what we are planning to do at the University of Southern Queensland.”
Associate Professor Murray said students would be able to complete Wildlife Management as a Diploma or as part of a Bachelor’s degree.
“The courses include a mixture of practical training and theoretical knowledge, starting off with a two-week field trip to learn key skills such as trapping and animal handling,” he said.
“In the third year, students will also have to complete an industry placement – which will provide experience and exposure to their chosen field.
“Career opportunities in wildlife management are growing in Australia and internationally as climate change impacts wildlife conservation.
“If you want to work at a zoo, as a national park ranger or in a private organisation focused on conservation, this course will prepare you.”
He added that healthy ecosystems were dependent on a diverse range of wildlife.
“Some wildlife are pollinators, some of them are what we call environmental engineers, and some eat problem insects such as mosquitoes and termites. The list goes on,” he said.
“Students will have the ability to learn not only how, but why – and together we can help future-proof our unique wildlife in a changing world.
“If you’re passionate about Australian wildlife – the wildlife management course is for you.”
Learn more about the University of Southern Queensland’s wildlife management courses here.
Associate Professor Peter Murray