Wildlife and Zoology Courses

Advanced Certificate in Wild Animal Studies VEN037

Learn to Manage Wildlife 

Living Free or in Captivity, wildlife needs

  • Food and Water appropriate to their needs
  • Living Conditions of an acceptable standard   
  • Prevention from Unnatural Harm
  • Freedom to Behave Naturally
  • Appropriate Handling

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Animal Welfare BAG224

Learn about Animal Protection and Welfare
  • Captive and non captive animals
  • Rescue animals
  • Wildlife, pets and farm animals


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Carnivore Zoology


The Carnivores are a fascinating diverse group of mammals that have earned their place at the top of the food chains in the wildlife world. The majority of carnivores consume a diet of mainly meat, and most carnivores are predators. Study this course to learn about the physical characteristics and behaviours of different carnivores:

  • What differentiates one group from another?
  • What similarities do they possess?
  • What physical adaptations do they have to effectively hunt, capture and eat their prey?
  • Learn about behavioural attributes such as complex social structures and communication methods.

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Certificate in Marine Studies and Ecotourism

Learn to Work in Marine Ecotourism

If you are passionate about marine life; that may be the only reason you need to study this certificate.

People who undertake this course may find employment, perhaps in an aquarium, maybe in a dive shop or elsewhere in the tourism industry. A knowledge of marine life can also open opportunities for worfk in marine conservation, exploration, mariculture (fish farming), teaching, research, the media, the fishing industry, or other areas.


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Certificate in Wild Animal Health Care

Learn to Care for the Wellbeing of Wildlife

Learn about:

  • Animal health, disease prevention and management, welfare services, first aid
  • Animals both in captivity (eg. zoos, rescue centres) and in the wild
  • Birds, Reptiles, Mammals and more

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Certificate in Wildlife Management VEN003

Study Wildlife Management Online with ACS Distance Education


Develop knowledge and practical skills to work in wildlife care and management. This a foundation entry level course to develop skills that are valued for working in wildlife parks, zoos, refuges or wilderness management. This course incorporates some key studies which are in demand for employees in such establishments.

 ACS student comment: "I love the course and the course material even though a bit of it seems to be a lot more in depth than I anticipated. I love it just the same as I'm learning lots. I just wish I had more time to do a lot more." Kim Stinton - Australia, Advanced Certificate in Wildlife Management course.

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Certificate in Zoo Keeping VEN022

Study for your Certificate in Zoo Keeping today!

This terrific course covers the essentials of Zoo Keeping, Animal Health Care adn Animal Behaviour as well as a range of electives including:

  • Animal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Animal Feed & Nutrition
  • Natural Animal Health Care
  • Wildlife Management
  • Animal Breeding
  • Vertebrate Zoology
  • Marine Studies I
  • Diagnosing Animal Diseases
  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Ecotourism Tour Guide
  • Ornithology

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Herpetology BEN209

A course for anyone with a passion for scales, slithering and "double-lives". Learn about the biology, ecology, conservation and care of snakes, lizards, frogs and other herps.



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Invertebrate Animals BEN218

Learn about Invertebrate Animals
  • Microscopic protazoa, works and mites
  • Jellyfish, octopus and corals
  • Shellfish and snails
  • Arthropods and insects
  • and much, much more

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Marine Life (Marine Studies 2) BEN203

This course compliments Marine studies I, extending your knowledge of a wide variety of marine organisms. It works through many types of marine organisms, focusing mostly on those not covered as well in Marine Studies II (This includes: Protists, Sponges, Marine plants, Cnidarians, Worms, Arthropods, Molluscs, Echinoderms, Non Bony Fish, Selected Bony Fish and selected Marine Mammals). Start this online training course anywhere, anytime. Suggested Reading  Marine Animals is an eBook written by our staff (click for details)

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Marine Studies 1 BEN103

Study Marine Science Online with ACS Distance Education

Develop a knowledge of marine life and ecology, whether for work or general interest.  ACS Student Comment: "I have appreciated and valued the feedback from my tutor and am thoroughly enjoying my course. Being a stay at home mum with another baby on the way I have also greatly appreciated the chance to be able to compelte the work at my own pace, as some weeks/months it's hard to find the time to do it."  B Robson, Australia - Marine Studies 1 course.

The first two lessons deal with marine environments (weather, nutrient cycle, reefs, shallow and deep water environments, etc). Lessons 3 to 8 deal mostly with marine animals, particularly more complex animals, and the last lesson considers human impacts upon marine environments.

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Marsupials Biology and Management

Learn about the biology and management marsupials.

There are around 330 described species of marsupials with approximately 235 from Australasia, continental Australia and its coastal islands and New Guinea, and ~95 from the New World of South, Central and North America. There is still much unknown about many marsupial species across the world due to limited population numbers and interesting hiding strategies. In Australasia, marsupials are the dominant terrestrial and arboreal mammals, with placental mammals represented by bats, rodents, exotic species, and shoreline seals and sea lions in southern Australia. 

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Ornithology - BEN102

Study Ornithology from home.   DISCOVER THE AMAZING WORLD OF BIRDS! Learn with us what is a bird, how they evolved, what adaptations they developed to be able to colonize air, land and water so successfully!. This course is designed for people working or wishing to work with birds and animals, life scientists and environmental researchers and consultants, amateur bird watchers, or anyone working with birds.

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Primates BEN210

Study apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates are complex animals.

  • Learn about the taxonomy, biology and management of primate animals  both in captivity and the wild. 
  • Learn differences between species of primates and the characteristics of each. 
  • Learn nutritional, physical and psychological needs for keeping primates healthy in captivity and the wild. 
  • Learn to manage and breed primates in captivity and about conversation in the wild.

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Vertebrate Zoology BEN104

Study Zoology online with ACS Distance Education

ACS Student Comment: I am thoroughly enjoying the Vertebrate Zoology course with ACS. Dr. Browne has been a wonderful tutor and has given clear, concise and constructive feedback on each of the assignments I have submitted. The structure of the course allows you to independently research topics guided by module notes, set tasks and assignment questions. The more you put into this course the more you take away. I love the suggestions of where and how to do the set tasks. Dissecting a grey mullet for Assignment 2 was thus far the best part of the course – while it is only suggested to approach in this manner you should consider making it a requirement of the module. I was able to coordinate with a local fisherman in association with a fish monger - they happily caught and presented me with a beautiful specimen. After dissection it made a great meal for my four legged friends (Nothing wasted and absolutely ethical! :). The hands-on approach enabled me to get a very comprehensive understanding of the anatomy of a fish. The gizzard of the grey mullet was a bonus and had I not dissected - I would not have been able to fully appreciate the complex digestive system of this omnivorous fish. Today I’m off to the Eagles Flying raptor research center to meet with the biologist who runs the center – he’s allowing me to spend the day observing barn owls for my current module. Yet, another brilliant experience thanks to my enrolment at ACS. Jessica, Vertebrate Zoology course. If you love animals and want to learn more about them, if you are involved in animal care and protection, animal management, wildlife management and care, veterinary, science teaching, or environmental management and protection, this course is a great option. This course will give you a thorough understanding of “higher” animals’ Zoology and Evolution, together with some principles on animal ecology and morphology. You will learn with the help of highly qualified and experienced tutors. The course is accepted by some professional associations as points for their Continuing Education Recording Scheme, category “Correspondence courses”.

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Wildlife Management BEN205

Study Wildlife Management Online with Distance Learning. This course will give students a broad based introduction to wildlife management that can be applied to all types of wildlife around the globe. It can serve as a course in its own right or as part of a higher qualification in environmental or nature park management. Student Comment (P.Soult): "Great tutors, V. helpful feedback"

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Zookeeping BEN208

Learn online to be a Zoo Keeper
  • Learn about the welfare and care for zoo animals.
  • Learn how to manage captive animals.
  • Learn about animal handling.
  • Gain an appreciation for the daily tasks that a Zoo Keeper is involved with.
  • Improve your prospects for employment or career advancement


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