APPLICATIONS OPEN! 2020 1st Australian Wildlife Conservation Training Course (Introductory)


2020 1st Australian Wildlife Conservation Training Course (Introductory)

Conducted by the Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation and Education Foundation (AJWCEF)

Please apply using the application form below. Applications will close once maximum numbers have been reached. In principle, AJWCEF members will receive priority. Application for membership can be made at the same time as application for training courses. In this case, applicants are treated as members for the purpose of training course applications.
*Please refer to the Membership and Donations page.
*Please ensure you read the Training Course Overview  when applying to participate in a training course.

When: 9th March (Mon) - 21st March (Sat) 2020 (13 days)

Participants are to meet at 8 a.m. on 9th March at the arrival lobby of the Gold Coast Airport, Coolangatta, for transfer to accommodation.
* The course starts and finishes on location at the Gold Coast, so participants are free to spend time there before or after the course as they choose.
* If you require assistance with purchasing flights and arranging insurance, please contact the AJWCEF Head Office by email:

University students, technical college students or the general public who have limited knowledge about or experience with wildlife; people who would like to learn more about Australian wildlife.

Number of Participants
16 (minimum 10)
AJWCEF members will be given priority. Application for membership can be made at the same time as training course applications, in which case priority will apply.

Application Period: 1 November (Fri) – 10 December 2019 (Tues)
Applications will close when maximum participant numbers are reached.

Facilities for Practical Training and observational Visits
1. David Fleay Wildlife Park (Queensland facility)
2. Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Wildlife Hospital (National Trust facility)
3. Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)
4. Bats Qld (Flying Foxes & Microbats) Inc. (Seminar only)
5. Kayaking at Currumbin River

Course Content
1. Morphology (marsupials, monotremes)
2. Amphibian and reptile husbandry
3. Captive husbandry and breeding of Australian Wildlife
4. Wildlife quarantine and hygiene
5. Coexistence of Human and Wildlife (Flying Foxes)
6. Australian Wildlife - Impacts of humans on wildlife
7. Basic English conversation
* Course content may change due to unforeseen circumstances.
* Japanese interpretation of content will be provided where necessary.

Practical Training
1. Australian wildlife conservation and protection (incl. endangered and rare marsupials and monotremes)
2. Husbandry of marsupials (incl. wallabies, koalas and bilbies)
3. Husbandry of monotremes (incl. platypus)
4. Husbandry of avian (incl. cassowaries, emus and pelicans)
5. Husbandry of reptiles (incl. snakes and lizards)
6. Basic autopsy of koalas and other Australian wildlife
7. Ethogram and analysis (incl. detection of koala oestrus cycle)
8. Enrichment for captive animals
9. Prevention of animal cruelty and animal welfare
10. Birds of prey Flight Show
11. Wildlife spotting by kayak
*Course content, practical training and observational visits may change due to unforeseen circumstances.
* Japanese interpretation of content will be provided where necessary.

Course Schedule (provisional)

Flight Reservations
Because this tour commences with participants gathering at the Gold Coast Airport, participants will need to make their own flight arrangements. In general, the most convenient and cost-effective way is to fly with Jetstar directly from Narita to the Gold Coast, or from Kansai Airport via Narita to the Gold Coast. Please note, however, that Jetstar does re-schedule flights from time to time. Furthermore, in order to be at the Gold Coast on the morning of 9th March, participants will need to book flights that depart no later than the evening of 8th March.

Information is available on Jetstar’s home page ( and bookings can be easily made in 10-15 minutes by following the instructions. Although you are not required to enter a passport number at this time, you will need to have a credit card ready to make the payment. If you require further assistance, please contact the AJWCEF Head Office by email: We are also able to recommend a reliable travel agent should you require help with flight and insurance arrangements (being a not-for-profit organisation, AJWCEF itself is not a travel agent). Please be aware, however, that booking through a travel agent will add to the cost of these elements.

Accommodation & Meals
Depending on the ratio of male to female participants, accommodation may be twin share (2 people) or a suite room (up to 5 people). Apartments feature a spacious living area and a fully equipped kitchen (refrigerator, microwave oven, oven, crockery, etc.) so you can choose whether to self-cater for yourself or as a group, or dine out. Any groceries required for self-catering are not included in course fees, but based on the current cost of food in Australia $300-$350 should be sufficient for one person for 13 days. If required, an AJWCEF staff member will accompany participants to the nearby shopping centre.

Isle of Palms Resort (
* Accommodation may be changed in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

Health & Vaccinations
Please advise us of any health issues, allergies, etc., when applying to participate in the training course. Please also ensure that tetanus vaccinations are up to date (within the last ten years), or arrange vaccination no later than two weeks prior to commencement of the course.

Participants must take out appropriate insurance (to cover illness, injury, hospitalization, theft, etc.) prior to commencement of the training course. The AJWCEF takes no responsibility for accidents or losses during free time or those caused by negligence of the person in question. Participants will be asked to provide copies of insurance documents at the commencement of the course.

Cost AUD$4,150.00
The cost of the training course is A$4,150, or A$4,100 after the A$50 member discount is applied. Application for membership can be made with course application, in which case, both priority application and the discount will apply. The fee includes seminar fees, practical training sessions, learning materials, interpretation costs, facility usage fees, accommodation, airport pick-up and return, local transport costs (excluding free time).
* Part of the proceeds of the training course will be donated to activities for the conservation of Australian wildlife.

Those wishing to apply to participate should complete the application form and send to the email address below. First-round applications close on 10 December 2019 (Tuesday) and places allocated in order of receipt of application. Applications will close when maximum participant numbers have been reached. Successful applicants will be sent fee details (invoice) and payment instructions to the email address you provide on your application form. Please make payment as per instructions within 10 days of receipt of the invoice.
Training Course Application Form (please choose one format)

Microsoft Office Word

Please send your application form as an attachment or in the body of the email to the Australia-Japan Wildlife Conservation and Education Foundation Head Office at
* Please send any enquiries you may have to the same email address (in Japanese or English).
* We will contact you predominantly via email, and will send important documents as attached files. If your email address is linked to a mobile phone account there may be instances when large files will be automatically rejected. As such, please ensure you provide us with an email address which is capable of receiving larger attached files.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation after payment will incur the following penalties.
30 days to 7 days prior to commencement 30%
6 days or 1 day prior to commencement 60%
Commencement day or later 100%


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