This unit of study provides a first-hand introduction to the wildlife of Australasia, a practical overview of the present status of that wildlife, and an understanding of both conservation problems and management solutions. Issues in wildlife management are exemplified using sampling and diagnostic methods on a broad range of vertebrate species occupying different environments. The unit follows on from WILD5001 and provides practical experience via a seven day field trip, five days at Mt. Annan Botanical Gardens and two days "Arthursleigh" near Marulan NSW. Students stay overnight at both locations. Survey methods for frogs, reptiles, birds, small mammals, bats and macropods are introduced and all students participate in these activities. There are multiple opportunities to work with the staff at the Gardens and to see how a natural reserve serves to preserve biodiversity in the face of surrounding urbanization.
Intensively taught unit. See the Wildlife Health and Population Management website for dates. (http://sydney.edu.au/vetscience/wildlife_masters/program/index.shtml)
There are two assessments. Assessment 1 is a journal that is kept during the week (20%). Assessment 2 is a report on the current status of one animal or group of animals in the Gardens (80%).