Online Conservation Courses and Virtual Programmes

Join the Wildlife ACT Training Academy, now offering a variety of Wildlife Conservation Courses

Roughly 3-5 hours per week required, at your own pace

Includes weekly 45 minute quizzes to test what you learnt in the week

Every other week there will be ‘live’ instructor interaction sessions

Access to all course materials for a week longer than the courses run for

Endangered & Priority Species Conservation & Habitat Management Course

This Wildlife ACT accredited course introduces participants to the most up-to-date, in-field conservation techniques and practices. Our Senior Monitor, Megan Hudson, introduces important aspects of Wildlife Monitoring, Camera Trapping, Tracking and Spoor, Conservation Management, Capture and Relocation, Wildlife Crime & Illegal Trade and Community Conservation.

This virtual version of our regular 4 week course in the field, provides a stepping stone for nature lovers looking to possibly pursue a career in wildlife conservation, or are interested in how conservation organisations operate. It includes a mix of live and pre-recorded classes and all course content and recorded sessions will be available to be completed at your own leisure.

Online Conservation Courses - Endangered & Priority Species Conservation & Habitat Management

Course Details:

Course Date:  08 September – 06 October 2021

Duration: 4 Weeks

Platform: Teachable Inc.

Cost: €119 for the full, 4 week course

Eligibility: To anyone interested in endangered wildlife and habitats, the threats they are facing, and how to protect them.

*Please Note: The times allocated for the Q+A’s are subject to change, but you will be notified ahead of time. There will also be a live Meet & Greet on the day the course starts.

Quiz: The course will conclude with a final quiz, with certificates of completion provided.

Next Course Dates: The course begins once you sign up!


Tracking for Conservationists Course

Spoor, Signs and Tracking Technologies

Wildlife ACT has taken the many years of experience from its most skilled trackers, to develop a unique 8-week conservation-focused virtual course, presented by two of our experienced field staff, Megan Hudson and Hollie M’gog. Whether you are planning a career in conservation or just wish to boost your field skills, then this course will further your appreciation and understanding of an age-old art.

Learn to build your awareness of the ground, aerial and vocal clues that surround us, learn about tracking technology and learn how tracks and signs are incorporated into the development of conservation initiatives, especially those pertaining to the field-based conservation of endangered and priority species.

Online Conservation Courses - Wildlife Tracking for Conservationists

Course Details

Course Date:  08 September – 03 November 2021

Duration: 8 Weeks

Platform: Teachable Inc.

Cost: €119 for the full, 8 week course. Discount offered to previous students.

Eligibility: To anyone interested in the science and art of wildlife tracking.

*Please Note: The times allocated for the Q+A’s are subject to change, but you will be notified ahead of time. There will also be a live Meet & Greet on the Monday that the course starts.

Quiz: The course will conclude with a final online quiz, with certificates of completion provided.

Next Course Dates: The course begins once you sign up!


Tracks & Signs: An Introduction for the Conservation Enthusiast

Learn the age-old art and science of traditional tracking and its importance in conservation applications.

In this course, Wildlife ACT takes the many years of experience from its oldest and its best trackers, and combines it into an introductory 4 week course taught by Megan Hudson and Hollie M’gog, two experienced field & experiential teaching personnel!

Tracking is a crucial skill within conservation management – perhaps you are a curious tracker or want to learn more about African wildlife, their tracks, scats & signs. This course will be your guide into building your awareness of the ground, aerial and vocal clues that surround us. Learn how you, a more knowledgeable tracker, can better contribute to the conservation of our protected areas.

Tracking is a core aspect of Wildlife ACT’s on-the-ground operations, be this through monitoring and tracking technology, our support and partnering with K9 anti-poaching dog units and our ultlisation of the skills of incredible trackers.

Note that this is currently the most basic or entry-level course of all our online conservation courses.

Online Conservation Courses - Tracks & Signs: An Introduction for the Conservation Enthusiast

Course Details

Course Date:  08 September – 06 October 2021

Duration: 4 Weeks

Platform: Teachable Inc.

Cost: €60 for the full, 4 week course. Discount offered to previous students.

Eligibility: To anyone interested in the science and art of wildlife tracking.

*Please Note: The times allocated for the Q+A’s are subject to change, but you will be notified ahead of time. There will also be a live Meet & Greet on the Monday that the course starts.

Quiz: The course will conclude with a final online quiz, with certificates of completion provided.

Next Course Dates: The course begins once you sign up!


Mapping as a Tool for Conservationists

In this course, Wildlife ACT takes the many years of experience from its field instructors, practical map users and GIS specialists, and combines it into one 4 week course taught by Hollie M’gog and Jonathan Gatwood.

Practical skills are so important for you to help conserve protected areas and priority species. Here we present the practical uses of, as well as a practical based activity to build conservation mapping skills. Mapping is a crucial skill within conservation – that expert mapper may not be you, but, if you can learn to build your core mapping skills then you will be better rounded in your ability to contribute to the conservation of our protected areas.

Note that this is one of our more advanced online conservation courses, however, no previous mapping experience is required to take the course.

Online Conservation Courses - Mapping as a Tool for Conservationists

Course Details

Course Date:  08 September – 06 October 2021

Duration: 4 Weeks

Platform: Teachable Inc.

Cost: €150 for the full, 4 week course. Discount offered to previous students.

Eligibility: For anyone wanting to learn to use GIS as a monitoring tool to promote successful conservation interventions.

*Please Note: The times allocated for the Q+A’s are subject to change, but you will be notified ahead of time. There will also be a live Meet & Greet on the Monday that the course starts.

Next Course Dates: The course begins once you sign up!

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Conservation Tracking Technologies

An Introduction and Overview of Technologies used in the Field

Do you need to use nocturnal call-ups, telemetry, GPS or GSM collars? Maybe microchips in Rhino horns or Rhino anklets? How do we track and monitor priority species through the Wildlife Tracking Technologies that are available to us – but most importantly why? Look no further than this course to see what is available and then, later, you can focus in on the technology that excites you most.

Wildlife Conservation Tracking Technologies

Course Details

Course Date:  08 September – 06 October 2021

Duration: 4 Weeks

Platform: Teachable Inc.

Cost: €60 for the full, 4 week course. Discount offered to previous students.

Eligibility: For anyone wanting to learn about African Wildlife Tracking Technologies.

Next Course Dates: The course begins once you sign up!

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Poaching, Trafficking & The Illegal Wildlife Trade

Wildlife ACT works hard to protect endangered species, to provide them security of habitat and space to breed. We monitor tagged species, work with endangered animals, run education and awareness programs as far as we can reach and boldly put ourselves forward in support of initiatives that are helping to combat that initial phase of the illegal wildlife trade – poaching.

This course is an awareness course and aims to take you on a journey so as you can better understand how and why poaching happens, which species are targeted and why? How anti-poaching teams work, with and without K9 Units. We will show you how illegal wildlife products move from poachers to handlers, across international boundaries and to sale points in other continents.

Poaching, Trafficking & The Illegal Wildlife Trade

Course Details

Course Date:  08 September – 06 October 2021

Duration: 4 Weeks

Platform: Teachable Inc.

Cost: €60 for the full, 4 week course. Discount offered to previous students.

Eligibility: For anyone interested in building their awareness of Poaching, Trafficking & The Illegal Wildlife Trade.

Next Course Dates: The course begins once you sign up!

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Africa: A Comprehensive Exploration of Successful Community Driven Conservation

An interactive workshop and discussion-based course

Communities are a major part of conservation. We believe that the practice of conservation within, and together with a community team, has yet to be successfully integrated into conservation education. Are you ready to engage, to discuss, debate & learn of new perspectives?

This course endeavors to take you on a very interactive journey though some of the lessons that have been learnt and are currently being learnt. The course will inspire questions and debates about the future, about past practices, and about topics that may not be neatly pinned down in single sessions. Although the course has an African focus and links to communities and examples from different places across the continent, its lessons are applicable worldwide, wherever conservationists want to build relationships whose core tenant is trust.

A Comprehensive Exploration of Successful Community Driven Conservation

Course Details

Course Date:  13 September – 25 October 2021

Duration: 6 Weeks

Platform: Teachable Inc.

Cost: €145 for the full, 6 week course. Discount offered to previous students.

Note: This will be a 6-week workshop/course with between 4 and 6 pre-recorded Knowledge Modules of 25-30mins for you to watch, in your own time, each week.

Next Course Dates: The course begins once you sign up!

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