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WILM402 Techniques of Wildlife Management

A skills-based course on marking, counting and studying animals and on experimental design, analysis, interpretation and communication.

Wildlife management in its broadest sense is the science and practice of species conservation and restoration, as well as active management for the wise use of renewable natural resources.

The University of Otago provides an excellent base for wildlife studies, being within easy reach of largely untouched mountains, fiords, rainforests and wetlands, and there are a number of rare or threatened species within a few kilometres of the campus. The University has a concentration of ecologists active in research on wildlife species, and staff maintain strong links with conservation and research agencies, both within New Zealand and internationally.

A University of Otago qualification in Wildlife Management is an ideal qualification for those seeking employment as: conservation officers, pest control and resource managers, scientific research technicians, scientific advisers for government and non-government research and conservation organisations.

Paper title Techniques of Wildlife Management
Paper code WILM402
Subject Wildlife Management
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,655.16
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Teaching staff

Co-ordinators: Professor Philip Seddon and Professor Yolanda van Heezik

Paper Structure
This paper teaches practical skills of wildlife management and research, such as:
  • Identifying and counting animals
  • Designing survey and monitoring schemes
  • Catching and marking animals
  • Predator control
  • Data analysis and interpretation
  • Report writing and communication skills
During the paper you will apply biodiversity indices, will learn density estimation methods using line transects and mark-recapture and will undertake analysis of radio-telemetry data.

This paper is particularly valuable for those who eventually want jobs in ecological research teams or as field officers, conservation officers or pest controllers. It will also be useful for those of you aiming at research scientist careers or postgraduate (MSc or PhD) study.
Teaching Arrangements
The paper gives hands-on experience wherever practicable of real-life management issues involving NZ animals. It includes seminars, group projects and several field excursions.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes

Otago Wildlife Management graduates will have an understanding of the processes and interactions at work in ecological communities and will recognise the principles of wildlife population persistence, change or decline. Students will graduate with a toolkit of techniques with which to gather and analyse information and answer questions about wildlife populations and will be able to apply their skills to address real-life problems. Above all WLM graduates will have appreciation of the need for and an ability to apply critical thinking, scientific rigour and a systematic approach to the management of wildlife.

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system

Computer Lab

Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 17
Friday 09:00-11:50 11, 19


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Thursday 09:00-10:50 9-14, 16-22
Friday 09:00-11:50 9-10, 12-13, 16-18, 20-22