Bachelor of Animal Ecology
This course gives a good insight into what you can expect working in ecology. It jumps straight in. The field work aspect is really valuable. There’s a misconception that ecologists chain themselves to trees every other day, or spend hours cuddling wildlife. I think allowing field work early on, helps a student to understand that ecology is a science that works with governments and NGOS, and is based on solid research. The field work also shows you that animal ecology is in large part, physical work too, walking distances, setting traps and monitoring.
This course is an eye-opener on native fauna. I think the value lies with connecting conservation minded people with our Australian native fauna. It’s one of the few courses I’ve found that explores Australian fauna and what relates to them in great detail, which is unique.
The Animal Ecology lecturers are very passionate about their chosen fields and that is reflected in how they present lectures. There have also been many guest lectures from other specialists in the industry which are inspiring to listen to.
My passion has always been tiger conservation. That’s why I got into the zoo industry to work towards getting involved with tiger conservation programs. I want to see Sumatran Tigers (and all Tiger subspecies actually), no longer listed as critically endangered. I will continue to work towards that cause, and I hope this degree will aid me along that journey.