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Taronga Wildlife Conservation

Study in Taronga Wildlife Conservation is offered by the School of Life and Environmental Sciences in partnership with Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Units of study in this major are mostly available at standard and advanced level.

About the stream and program

The Taronga Wildlife Conservation stream will create the next generation of wildlife conservationists to make a difference for the wildlife on our planet. As you progress through this 4-year degree you will develop your expertise in wildlife conservation, and the underlying scientific concepts. You will be taught by dedicated researchers and practitioners from two of Australia’s premier institutions – the University of Sydney and Taronga Conservation Society Australia – and learn to address global conservation challenges.

This stream comprises a Wildlife Conservation major that combines ecology and conservation management with additional prescribed units of study. Students will learn about evolutionary and ecological processes and how these influence the population dynamics of animals, plants, and other organisms. This knowledge forms the basis for the effective management and conservation of biodiversity, ecosystems, and habitats. Capstone units in your fourth year will explicitly address concepts of wildlife management, health and welfare, and the intersection between applied wildlife biology and human dimensions of wildlife management.

Requirements for completion

The Taronga Wildlife Conservation stream, program, major and minor requirements are listed in the Taronga Wildlife Conservation unit of study table.

Contact and further information


Associate Professor Catherine Herbert

Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate from Taronga Wildlife Conservation will be able to:

  1. Exhibit a broad and coherent body of knowledge in wildlife biology and conservation.
  2. Exhibit deep knowledge of the value of wildlife and biodiversity to our society and well-being and sustaining life on our planet.
  3. Integrate knowledge of the concepts and principles of animal biology, animal behaviour and population ecology as they apply to wildlife conservation.
  4. Source, collate, synthesise and critically evaluate information in wildlife biology and conservation from a range of relevant sources.
  5. Work competently, safely, ethically and responsibly in field, laboratory and industry settings, using a range of practical and analytical techniques in biology, ecology and conservation.
  6. Generate primary research data and deploy skills in numeracy and data analysis to analyse experimental outcomes and obtain answers to biological questions.
  7. Communicate concepts and findings in wildlife conservation through a range of modes for a variety of audiences, using evidence-based arguments that are robust to critique.
  8. Examine developments in wildlife conservation knowledge, evaluate their relevance to global challenges current academic, industry and community-based research and activities and be influential through leadership of community based research and activities.
  9. Design, plan and carry out field, laboratory-based, observational and virtual experiments to address questions in wildlife biology and conservation.
  10. Address authentic problems in wildlife conservation, working responsibly and professionally and with consideration of social and cultural perspectives, within collaborative, interdisciplinary teams.
  11. Examine and evaluate contemporary issues in wildlife conservation from a range of ethical and cross-cultural perspectives.
  12. Inspire and lead to influence social, market and legislative change across cultural borders.