Training Course Overview

Training Course Information

2019 Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation and Education Foundation(AJWCF) Australian Wildlife Conservation Training Course Overview

Breaking News!

“I want to learn about the conservation of both land and marine animals.”
“I want a clinical focus on learning about wildlife conservation, including rescue, treatment and rehabilitation.”
We’ve listened to you and re-vamped our advanced training course for 2020.

We have created two training courses to provide the opportunity to learn more specialised knowledge and skills – the Applied Wildlife Conservation Training Course and the Clinical Wildlife Training Course.
The Introductory Wildlife Conservation Training Course will remain unchanged and continue to run as it has previously.


In addition to providing an opportunity to consider "a better way for humans and wildlife to coexist" by approaching wildlife conservation from a broad ecological perspective, the objective of our courses is to boost the knowledge of participants regarding the conservation and rescue of marsupials and monotremes, an experience not generally possible in Japan, as well as increase knowledge regarding clinical aspects of treating and rehabilitating wildlife, and about preserving the marine environment and creatures in the sub-tropical waters which host a rich variety of sea animals.

We also aim to enhance basic knowledge and practical English conversation skills to allow all participants to enjoy a safe experience while they are here.

Course Location Queensland, Australia

Training Facilities
(see Groups and Facilities) Queensland government wildlife and environmental protection facilities (David Fleay’s Wildlife Park, etc.) The University of Queensland VETS Hospitals The University of Queensland Moreton Bay Research Station Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) Redland City environmental protection facilities (Redlands Indigiscapes Centre, etc.) etc.



Held at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and David Fleay’s Wildlife Park, a Queensland government facility, this course offers practical training and lectures about some of Australia’s unique wildlife (marsupials and monotremes) so you can learn the basics about their anatomy and ecology, as well as learn about the fundamentals of protection and husbandry management. Not only will you gain knowledge about the natural environment of the eucalyptus forests that are vital habitat for wildlife, our program also includes a tree-planting activity. In addition to having a tour of the RSPCA facilities, you will have the chance to consider and study animal welfare for a variety of animals (including pets, livestock and wildlife). You will also hone your observational skills when we go looking for wild koalas as we glide down the Currumbin River in kayaks and ponder the co-existence of wildlife and humans in the urban setting. English conversation classes are also included.


The applied training course provides practical and broad knowledge and skills relating to both the marine and land environment in which Australian wildlife live. For the marine component, we collaborate with The University of Queensland, one of Australia’s most prestigious universities, to investigate the marine environment and animal conservation while based at the Moreton Bay Research Station located on North Stradbroke Island, one of the world’s largest sand islands, just offshore from Brisbane in Moreton Bay.

Part of the land component will be done at the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, where you will study the characteristics and conservation status of Australia’s unique wildlife, while at the Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Education Association’s base you can gain practical animal husbandry experience at the home of a carer conducting grass-roots wildlife conservation, including feeding orphaned wildlife that have lost their parent to collisions with cars, etc. At David Fleay’s Wildlife Park you will learn about the importance of enrichment and preventive medicine with a focus on the zoo animals.

Clinical Training Course

During this course, you will undertake specialist clinical studies (rescue, rehabilitation, managing sick animals, etc.) about Australia’s unique wildlife (marsupials, monotremes, birds, reptiles, amphibians, etc.) at one of the world’s top wildlife facilities, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Hospital, under the guidance of Australian Veterinary Association accredited wildlife veterinarians and specialist wildlife nurses. You will learn about the unique anatomy of Australian marsupials (koalas, etc.) through the dissection of animals that have died and perform a pathological autopsy, something which simply cannot be experienced in Japan.

At the Wildlife Rescue, Rehabilitation and Education Association’s facility, you will get practical experience in feeding wildlife that have been orphaned due to accidents involving cars and other events, learning animal husbandry techniques.

Then, at David Fleay’s Wildlife Park you will primarily learn about the importance of enrichment and preventive health in managing the health of captive wildlife.

The wildlife investigation conducted by kayak is based on observation of the ecology of wildlife in their natural environment, giving consideration to the co-existence of wildlife and humans in urban areas, and learning through practical examples about wildlife diseases, epidemiological knowledge and biosecurity methods relating to zoonotic diseases, ethics in wildlife conservation and rescue, and animal welfare. In addition, you will tour the School of Veterinary Science at the prestigious University of Queensland, giving you a close-up view how veterinarians and nurses are educated in Australia and an opportunity to interact with local veterinarians and rangers involved in environmental protection.


Introductory Training Course
Essentially for people with limited knowledge and experience of wildlife who would like to learn about wildlife and environmental protection (members of the public, veterinarians, veterinary nurses, vocational college & new university students majoring in courses related to animals and environmental science, students studying areas other than those related to animals and the environment). People with some experience are also welcome to participate, however, so please contact the AJWCEF Head Office with any enquiries.

Applied Training Course
People who have completed the AJWCEF introductory training course, or people with at least the same level of knowledge of as someone who has completed the introductory training course, who would like to further broaden their learning about wildlife conservation.

Clinical Training Course
People who have completed the AJWCEF introductory training course, or people with at least the same level of knowledge of as someone who has completed the introductory training course, who would like to do further specialist learning about wildlife clinical practices, rescue and rehabilitation.

AJWCEF members will receive priority when applying for training courses.  Application for membership can be made at the same time as application for training courses. In this case, applicants are treated as existing members for the purpose of training course applications.

English Conversation
During the introductory course you will learn the minimum English conversation skills required for practical wildlife training and for daily interactions during your stay. These lessons won’t take place in a classroom, but out in the real world. There will be no nit-picking about grammar; rather we’ll provide practical experience so you can communicate what you want to.

Accommodation and Meals
Accommodation is in apartments with their own kitchen and living area, with some even having a pool and tennis court which participants are able to use in their free time. Meals are self-catered apart from the welcome and farewell events. Groceries purchases to make your meals are at your own expense; based on current Australian prices, we recommend allowing around $350 for the 13-day period. The self-catering aspect is designed to deepen your experience of Australian society – you can practice your English skills when you go grocery shopping!

Please note, however, that self-catering is not required for the practical marine training component of the applied training course that is conducted at the Moreton Bay Research Station. Please refer to course details.

Prior to commencement of training courses, all participants are required to take out appropriate travel insurance that includes coverage for medical costs in the case of illness or injury. The AJWCEF will bear no responsibility for accidents during free time, or those attributable to participant error.

Health and Vaccinations
Please ensure you advise us of any health issues or allergies on the training course application. Participants are also required to have a tetanus vaccination no later than 2 weeks prior to the commencement of the course.

* Schedule and content subject to change as circumstances demand.

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