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Animal Behaviour

Animal Behaviour

A comprehensive series of courses all about animal behaviour. Learn about the different animal Families, their relations and how to identify them, as well as being able to identify specific traits. Perfect for an introduction to the kind of wildlife you could be working with, preparing you for an amazing experience.

All prices are shown in South African Rand (ZAR)


Behaviour Guide to Mammals of the RSA Lowveld

prices start from ZAR 3,410

The modules of this course are divided up to animal families, and look at the behavioural patterns of each of these families. Learn how to identify the families, and which species are related.

module 1: Small antelope

This module recounts a group introduction and specific species accounts of the group known as the small antelope. In this module, the following species are examined: Common Duiker, Steenbok and Klipspringer. Remember it is mammals that are only endemic to the Lowveld region.

module 2: Medium-sized antelope

This module recounts a group summary as well as specific species accounts of the group known as the medium-sized antelope. They include the 3 reedbuck species, waterbuck, Grey Rhebok and the ubiquitous impala.

module 3: Large antelope

This module recounts specific species accounts and tribal introductions of the group known as the large antelope. They include Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Tsessebe, Blue Wildebeest, Bushbuck, Nyala, Kudu, and the largest of the South African antelope, the Eland.

module 4: Buffalo & giraffe

This module recounts one tribal, one family and 2 specific species accounts of the 2 ruminant species not covered in the antelope modules, namely the buffalo and giraffe.

module 5: Warthog, Bushpig & hippopotamus

This module recounts specific species accounts of the even-toed non-ruminant species. This group includes the warthog, bushpig and the hippopotamus. It also includes a summary of Family Suidae (also known as the Pig Family).

module 6: Rhinoceroses & zebra

This module recounts specific species accounts of the odd-toed non-ruminant species and the family account of the Equids. This means that this component takes an in-depth look at the Black and White Rhinoceros and the Burchell's Zebra.

module 7: Elephant & Hyrax

This module recounts specific species accounts of an unusual related group of species and the Family traits that bind them. This group includes the Rock and Bush Hyrax (or Dassie) species, and their closest relative, the African Elephant.

module 8: Introduction to carnivores

This module contains just a single highly detailed component dealing with the introduction to carnivores.

module 9: Genets, civets & mongooses

After a family introduction, 8 different species of the Viverridae are examined from the specific level including the African Civet, Slender, Grey, White-tailed, Marsh, Yellow, Dwarf and Banded Mongooses. A component on the Genets (both Large- and Small-spotted) in also present.

module 10: Hyenas & Aardwolf

This module takes an in-depth look at the family and 3 species that constitute the extant Hyena in the Lowveld region of South Africa. We detail the Brown and Spotted Hyenas, together with the enigmatic Aardwolf.

module 11: Cats

This module takes an in-depth look at the family and 6 species that constitute the resident African Felids in this specific region of the country. The African Wildcat, serval, caracal, leopard, lion and cheetah are explored from a specific perspective.

module 12: Jackals & Wild Dog

This module takes an in-depth look at the family and 3 species that constitute the African Canids in the Lowveld and surrounding areas. Specifically the Black-backed Jackals, Side-striped Jackals and the African Wild Dog.

module 13: Weasels, otters, Polecat & Honey Badger

This module takes an in-depth look at the family and 5 species that constitute the mixed group of African Weasels, polecats, badgers and otters. One an individual basis, the Striped Weasel, Striped Polecat, Honey Badger, Spotted-necked and Clawless Otter are examined.

module 14: Bushbabies

The taxonomy, traits, ancestry, distribution, ecology, social organisation, activity, postures/locomotion, social behaviour, reproduction, parent/offspring behaviour and anti-predator behaviour of the bushbabies is examined from an individual species perspective.

module 15: Vervet & Chacma Baboon

The taxonomy, traits, ancestry, distribution, ecology, social organisation, activity, postures/locomotion, social behaviour, reproduction, parent/offspring behaviour and anti-predator behaviour of the Vervet Monkey and ubiquitous Chacma Baboon are examined from an individual species perspective.

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Behaviour Guide to African Carnivores

prices start from ZAR 2,010

A detailed course into African carnivores, including their behaviour and distinctive markings. Learn about each of the animal families, and which species are related. Understand how to identify the animals and even learn about their evolution.

module 1: Introduction to carnivores

This module contains just a single highly detailed component dealing with the introduction to carnivores.

module 2: Genets, Civets & Mongooses

After a family introduction, 10 different species of the Viverridae are examined from the specific species level.

module 3: Hyenas & Aardwolf

This module takes an in-depth look at the family and 4 species that constitute the extant hyena, detailing the Striped, Brown, Spotted Hyena and the enigmatic Aardwolf.

module 4: Cats

This module takes an in-depth look at the family and 7 species that constitute the resident African Felids, detailing the African Wildcat, Black-Footed Cat, serval, caracal, leopard, lion and cheetah.

module 5: Foxes, Jackals & Dogs

This module takes an in-depth look at the family and 5 species that constitute the African Canids, specifically the Bat-Eared Fox, Golden Jackals, Black-Backed Jackals, Side-Striped Jackals and the African Wild Dog.

module 6: Weasels, Otters, Zorilla & Ratel

This modules takes an in-depth look at the family and 5 species that constitute the mixed group of African weasels, polecats, badgers and otters, specifically the Striped Weasel, Striped Polecat, Honey Badger, Spotted-Necked and Clawless Otter.

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Behaviour Guide to African Herbivores

prices start from ZAR 3,060

Learn how to identify different African herbivores, including their families, behaviour and distinctive markings. Learn which species are related, and how to identify and classify each animal.

module 1: Introduction to animal behaviour (ethology)

This introductory module covers 3 fascinating topics, namely understanding animal behaviour; observing African animals, and social and mating systems.

module 2: Introduction to antelopes & African ruminants

This module introduces the even-toed, ruminating ungulates; antelope and buffalo (Family Bovidae), and antelope visual displays. These subjects prepare the way for the separate tribal and species accounts.

module 3: Small antelopes

This module includes a group introduction and separate species accounts of the small antelopes. They include: Blue/Maxwell's and Common Duiker (tribe Cephalophini), Steenbok, Kirk's Dik-dik, Klipspringer, and Oribi (tribe Neotragini).

module 4: Medium-sized antelopes

This module provides introductions and separate species accounts of the groups comprised mainly of medium-sized antelopes. They include Thompson's and Grants Gazelle, Springbok, and Gerenuk (tribe Antilopini), the 3 reedbuck species, Kob, Puku, Lechwe, and Waterbuck (tribe Reduncini), Grey Rhebok, and the plentiful impala.

module 5: Large antelopes

This module includes separate species accounts and tribal introductions of the groups containing the large antelope. They include Roan, Sable, and Gemsbok (tribe Hippotragini); the 4 hartebeest species, Topi and Tsessebe, Blesbok and Bontebok, Blue and Black Wildebeest (tribe Alcelaphini); Bushbuck, Sitatunga, Nyala, Lesser and Greater Kudu, Bongo and Eland (tribe Tragelaphini).

module 6: Other ruminants

This module includes one Tribal and one Family introduction to the ruminants not covered previously, namely the buffalo/cattle tribe (Bovini) and the Okapi, Giraffe family (Giraffidae). The module includes separate accounts of the African Buffalo and Giraffe.

module 7: Even-toed non-ruminants

This module includes an introduction to the pigs (family Suidae), with separate species accounts of the Bushpig, Giant Forest Hog, and Warthog; and an account of the Hippopotamus (family Hippopotamidae).

module 8: Odd-toed non-ruminants

This module includes an introduction to the odd-toed non-ruminants (order Perissodactyla); an introduction to the rhinos (family Rhinocerotidae) with separate species accounts of the Black and White Rhino; an introduction to the zebra/horse family (Equidae), with separate species accounts of Burchell's, Grevy's, and Mountain Zebra.

module 9: Near ungulates

This module examines the traits shared by species classified in separate orders and families, namely hyraxes, elephants, and Dugongs, and provides separate species accounts of the Tree, Rock and Bush Hyraxes, and the African Elephant.

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Behaviour Guide to African Primates

prices start from ZAR 1,060

Explore primate taxonomy, behaviours, patterns and social relationships. Learn how to identify species and their relations with other monkeys, as well as the human connection to apes.

module 1: Introduction to primates

This module with just a single component takes an in-depth introductory look at primates. We explore their taxonomy, traits, ancestry, distribution, ecology, social organisation, activity, postures and locomotion, social behaviour, reproduction, parent and offspring behaviour and anti-predator behaviour.

module 2: Bushbabies & Pottos

The taxonomy, traits, ancestry, distribution, ecology, social organisation, activity, postures and locomotion, social behaviour, reproduction, parent and offspring behaviour and anti-predator behaviour of the Bushbabies is examined from an individual species perspective.

module 3: Old World monkeys

This module of five components takes a look at the Old World monkeys. These include the Mangabeys, Sikes and Vervet Monkey and the ubiquitous Chacma Baboon.

module 4: Colobus Monkeys

This module contains two components dealing with the group of African primates known as the Colobus Monkeys. These include an introduction and an in-depth look at the Black and White Colobus species.

module 5: Great apes

This module takes a detailed look at the species that are most closely related to us, the Gorilla and the Chimpanzee. An introduction to this group is also included.

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