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|Wildlife Management Course|
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|Principles of Wildlife Management||This Module contains a single component that functions as the broad introduction to the science of wildlife management. This component covers the subjects of energy flow, ecosystems, plant succession, habitat resilience and ecological capacity. In addition, the various approaches to wildlife management are reviewed.|
|Habitat Management||Wildlife Management assumes habitat management. This module, broken up into four distinct components takes a detailed look at habitat characteristics, habitat and game assessment,|
|Game Management||The most visible and attractive feature of any reserve is obviously its animals. In the four components that comprise this module, many essential aspects of managing these populations are dealt with, including: suitable game species, managing wildlife, population dynamics and the sustainable utilisation of wildlife.|
|Game Capture and Translocation||This broad topic is perhaps the most exciting aspect of wildlife management. The detailed aspects of game capture, game in temporary captivity, game translocation and game counts are featured in five highly detailed components.|
|Nutritional Physiology for Herbivores||In order to successfully manage wildlife, it is essential that the various ways in which they feed are known. Carnivores generally take care of themselves, but herbivores frequently require monitoring and management. The two subjects of herbivore anatomy and physiology, together with the nutritional value of plants, are covered in this component.|
|Nutritional Chemistry for Herbivores||Not all vegetation available to game animals is good for them. All game reserves will have plants that either have advanced protective mechanisms or even toxins. Wildlife managers need to be aware of plant chemicals and toxins and how to manage toxic plants and treat affected game animals. These and other related issues are dealt with in this Module.|
|Wildlife Nutrition||Habitat conditions vary quite widely throughout the year. Due to this phenomenon, herbivores frequently require supplementary feeding. It is crucial that game managers have a good understanding of mineral deficiencies, medicinal licks, energy licks and mineral licks. These subjects, together with the topic of nutrition in captivity, make up the three components of this Module.|
|Wildlife Diseases||In much the same way as all other animals, game animals are frequently afflicted with disease. This Module’s four components give a detailed account of the general principles of disease, followed by a comprehensive look at bacterial diseases, viral diseases and protozoal diseases of both herbivores and carnivores.|
|Wildlife Parasites||In addition to disease, a major factor in the ecology and biology of all game animals is their association with parasites. Two thorough components cover the important subjects of epidemiology and specific parasites as well as the general biology and control of internal and external parasites.|
|Toxic Plants||This Module, closely linked to the topics covered in Module # 6 takes a look at another side of toxic plants. These are plants that are completely inedible. Specific toxic plant species, their effect on wildlife and animal's innate ability to avoid, dilute or detoxify these plants is examined.|
|Soil||One critically important aspect of habitat management that is frequently overlooked is soil management. The three components that comprise this Module take an in-depth view of soils including the various soil forming processes and factors and the prevention and control of soil erosion.|
|Assessing Vegetation||At this point of the course, we begin to look at how to draw up and implement a comprehensive wildlife and habitat management plan. Using a case study, a step-by-step approach is taken to examine: The study area, Classifying plant communities, Calculating plant biomass and Assessing veld condition. These topics form the basis of any wildlife management plan.|
|Determining Carrying Capacity||While Module # 12 dealt with the vegetation aspects of management, this Module focuses on the game. Four comprehensive components examine how to calculate grazing capacity, browsing capacity and ecological capacity. These fundamental tools of wildlife management then expand into the application of this topic to the monitoring of game populations and the determination of stocking rates.|
|Game Reserve Management||This final Module incorporates all the preceding subjects in a single all-encompassing component : The wildlife management plan.|