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  • Locations: Hoedspruit, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Program Cost:: Summer
Program Dates:
Program Dates:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 04/01/2020 ** 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.
Program Description:
South Africa wildlife 201920


In South Africa, wildlife management is privatized.  Stokes with studentsWildlife 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.

Dr. Fred DeGraves -

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

This is a skills-based course for students in relevant careers, including veterinary medicine, ecology, management of captive wildlife, 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

Program leaders may determine stricter eligibility Rinorequirements, but at a minimum, all applicants earning credit in a program would meet these requirements:
  • Current WKU student eligible to enroll in WKU courses OR students from outside WKU may participate as non-degree seeking student,
  • Good academic standing as defined in the Undergraduate Catalog or Graduate Catalog,
  • A minimum of 16 years of age at time of departure (parental/legal guardian expressed, written consent required for those under 18 at time of departure) Refer to program green sheet for program specific details,
  • No current disciplinary sanctions as verified by the WKU Office of Student Conduct
    • Students who become ineligible to attend the program after applying due to disciplinary sanctions will be subject to standard program cost penalty rates. Students are responsible for notifying the Office of Study Away when they become aware of this ineligibility. For eligibility questions pertaining to disciplinary sanctions, students should contact the WKU Office of Student Conduct.
  • Students must complete Study Abroad & Global Learning application process prior to being registered in this course. All students studying abroad are required to pay $150 application fee.
  • Students must select program on TopNet and pay $250 deposit to finalize admittance process,
  • Student must possess passport book valid for a least six (6) months after return date. 
  • Students must complete pre-departure orientations,
  • Full payment prior to departure, and
  • Permission of instructor(s) is required.
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