This 10-week course, ideal for those interested in zoology, animal sciences or environmental studies, is designed to introduce students and environmentalists to the basics of wildlife management and rehabilitation in a rescue setting.
Illegal wildlife trade remains a major issue across the globe. Kaya’s partner wildlife rescue center in the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador receives animals that have been confiscated by environmental authorities due to trafficking or abuse. Biologist and center director Raul Cuatrecasas specializes in their rescue and rehabilitation. The course will explore issues surrounding the rehabilitation of birds of prey, primates, mammals, psittacines, and reptiles, with additional attention to operant conditioning, environmental enrichment, and neonatal care. Cuatrecasas will discuss case histories as well as specific techniques employed.
- 10 weeks of modules, provided live and in English
- Weekly Cultural Workshops with Ecuador Country Director to attend live or save for later (1-2 hours/workshop)
- Weekly Local Buddy Chats for informal cultural exchange
- Access to a discussion forum for Kaya students
- Invitation to join the team working the Amazon rescue center in Ecuador for 2 weeks with a $300 discount on a regular volunteer placement