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Marsupials Biology and Management

Marsupials Biology and Management 100 Hours Certificate Course

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Learn About Marsupials Biology and Management

Learn the biology of marsupials, understand the management of these animals in the wild and captivity, and marsupials in general.

This online course is especially suited for people working in a wildlife management position or those wishing to work with animals.

Marsupials were first reported in 1500 AD, when King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella were presented a Brazilian opossum which was collected during the first voyage of Columbus.

In 1540 AD, a Portuguese administrator described an Australian marsupial as a northern commoncuscus, Phalanger Orientalis, which is native to New Guinea. Most people tend to associate Marsupials only with the Australian Kangaroo.

There are in fact over 330 described species of marsupials with 235 identified as ranging from Australasia, continental Australia, and its coastal islands.

A further 95 are attributed to the New World of South, Central and North America. These numbers vary upon discovery of new species through phylogenetic analysis which is the evolutionary development of species together with field studies and surveys.

Marsupials are without doubt the most dominant terrestrial and arboreal mammal across the whole of Australia, with placental mammals represented by rodents, bats, shoreline seals and sea lions found in southern Australia.

In order to better understand the management of individual animals or populations of species in the wild, or in captivity, it is of fundamental importance that persons involved in the study of marsupials fully understand their biology, diversity, behaviour, and their overall wellbeing.

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Lesson Structure:   Masupials Biology and Management

There are 10 lessons:

  1. Introduction
  2. Anatomy and Physiology
  3. Behaviour
  4. Health & Disease
  5. Marsupial Carnivores
  6. The Diprotodontia -Kangaroos
  7. Other Diprotodontia
  8. Peramelemorphia
  9. Other Marsupials
  10. Marsupial Conservation and Management

Please note: Each lesson culminates in an assignment, marked by the academies tutor. Returned to you with suggestions, comments and extra reading if required.


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