The Camden Campus of the University of Sydney
The Camden Campus is a semirural site located 70 kms from Sydney’s Central Business District. The state of the art Wildlife and Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital is located on this campus and the adjacent teaching facilities are modern and student friendly. Accommodation is available on the campus within walking distance of the classrooms. The Campus overlooks the Nepean River and its flood plain and its combination of woodlands, dams, and farm land support a large diversity of wildlife. It is a short drive from scenic outlooks over the Greater Blue Mountain Wilderness Heritage Area, is in close proximity to a number of walking tracts, and 5 kms from the town of Camden.
Arthursleigh is a historic cattle and sheep farm in the Southern Highlands 140 kms Southwest of Sydney’s Central Business District near the town of Goulburn. The Wollondilly river, farm lands, and woodlands on this property support a range of wildlife including platypus, river rats, macropods, koalas and a variety of birds, amphibians, and reptiles. Students attending units of study held at Arthursleigh live on site in the rustic sheep sheers quarters allowing both daytime and night time field activities. The use of this working farm allows students to see how common agricultural practices in Australia impact wildlife and see the impact of vertebrate pests and how this impact is mitigated.
Royal National Park
The Royal National Park is immediately south east of the Central Business District of Sydney. It is known for its scenic woodlands, rugged coast and beautiful beaches. It is a natural laboratory to study wildlife as it has experienced two large fires in the past 25 years, contains a range of native species, and also hosts a population of introduced rusa deer which require intensive management to prevent overpopulation and damage to the park. Rangers and biologists in the park have worked with faculty members of the University of Sydney for many years and are extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
The Western Plans Zoo is located in Dubbo, NSW, approximately a 5 hour drive from Sydney. This zoo is large and as a result is able to house many of its animals in expansive enclosures. Some of the many species at the zoo include black rhinoceroses, white rhinoceroses, elephants, African wild dogs, and a number of African grazing species. Bicycles are available to tour through the zoo. The zoo has a long history of conservation related activities and the veterinary staff, keepers, and other staff members of the zoo are extremely keen to show off their facilities and programs. Students and staff members stay in a caravan park near the zoo while participating in the Ex situ Unit of Study.