Wildlife Management in Zoos and Wildlife Parks (Online) BIOL5264

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Biodiversity Animal Health Comp Med
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course addresses the management of wildlife species in zoological collections on a small to moderate spatial scale. This extends from small collections of exotic species through public collections in zoological parks and gardens through to wildlife parks and game ranches.


This is an online course delivered over 10 weeks during the first online learning bock which runs from September to November.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Written Exam (Moodle based) 10%

Written Assignments 60%

Report 30%

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to enable students to develop solutions to the challenges posed by the management of wildlife species in spatially constrained circumstances, in which management inputs are necessarily high. This will be achieved through a critical examination of legislation and standards examined in the context of published literature on wildlife management.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically analyse and evaluate management plans for wildlife species, given specific environmental constraints.

■ Critique aspects of animal management using hypothetical and real examples.

■ Design and evaluate management protocols for wildlife species in collections, given specific animal requirements.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.