South Africa’s rich biodiversity has some of the most iconic species in the world, also including some of the most threatened, like the black rhino and elephant found in national conservation areas. These conservation areas are often surrounded by local communities sometimes impacted by human and wildlife conflicts. Animal behaviourism aims to understand animal behaviour and advise on their management and interactions in the biophysical and social environments.
Animal behaviourists primarily work outdoors in natural environments where animals can be observed. They often collaborate with other natural science researchers. They would also work from an office base and could work in a laboratory setting as well.
Animal behaviourists must have a strong background in zoology and animal behavioural theory. They will also benefit from:
Observe, collect and analyse data on the behaviour of animals
Develop plans and processes for the management of animals and their interactions within conservation and social environments
Advise conservation managers in decision-making processes
B.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. in Biological Sciences specialising in Zoology at all universities
B.Sc.Agric., B.Sc.Agric. (Hons), M.Sc.Agric. in Animal Science at NWU, SU, UFH, UFS, UNISA, Univen, Unizulu and UP
Research institutions, zoos and aquariums.
Conservation organisations, both public, private and NGOs.
Private veterinary practices.