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BIOL4921    Animal Behaviour & Behavioural Ecology Field Course

This course represents a capstone requirement and experiential learning opportunity; it teaches students the ways and means of exploring animal behaviour and understanding the intricacies of animal interactions with and within their natural environment.  Conducted initially in a wildlife sanctuary in Sabah, Malaysia, and currently at two field sites in South Africa, this course exposes students to 'research-in-making' with hands-on participation in field studies of animal behaviour and behavioural ecology.  It teaches students how to build a conceptual framework for investigating animal behaviour and how to put this framework into a practice of collecting, processing, and analysing data.

Photo Gallery
Group photo at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Group photo at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 1 (Photo by Derek Ho)

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 1 (Photo by Derek Ho)

White rhino - cow and calf (Photo by Andy Lee)

White rhino - cow and calf (Photo by Andy Lee)

Herd of african elephant (Photo by Andy Lee)

Herd of african elephant (Photo by Andy Lee)

Inspecting tree damage by elephants with Dr. Mark Keith

Inspecting tree damage by elephants with Dr. Mark Keith

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 2 (Photo by Derek Ho)

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 2 (Photo by Derek Ho)

African elephant bull 'Amarula' in Pilanesberg National Park (Photo by Stephen Chan) 2

African elephant bull 'Amarula' in Pilanesberg National Park (Photo by Stephen Chan) 2

African elephant bull 'Amarula' in Pilanesberg National Park (Photo by Stephen Chan)

African elephant bull 'Amarula' in Pilanesberg National Park (Photo by Stephen Chan)

African elephant - cow and juvenile

African elephant - cow and juvenile

Black-backed jackael (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Black-backed jackael (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Animal Behaviour Field Course 2015-16 at Pilanesberg National Park

Animal Behaviour Field Course 2015-16 at Pilanesberg National Park

Animal Behaviour Field Course 2015-16 at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Animal Behaviour Field Course 2015-16 at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Giraffe (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Giraffe (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Field survey at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Field survey at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Giraffes (Photo by Andy Lee)

Giraffes (Photo by Andy Lee)

Bonus - stunning scenary

Bonus - stunning scenary

Human baby staring at giraffe baby (Photo by Andy Lee)

Human baby staring at giraffe baby (Photo by Andy Lee)

Lion chilling (Photo by Derek Ho)

Lion chilling (Photo by Derek Ho)

Impala (Photo by Andy Lee)

Impala (Photo by Andy Lee)

Lion hunting wildebeest - success (Photo by Andy Lee)

Lion hunting wildebeest - success (Photo by Andy Lee)

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 3 (Photo by Derek Ho)

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 3 (Photo by Derek Ho)

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 4 (Photo by Derek Ho)

Lion hunting wildebeest - frame 4 (Photo by Derek Ho)

Lions at Pilanesberg National Park

Lions at Pilanesberg National Park

Nice way to selfie with African elephant (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Nice way to selfie with African elephant (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Nice scenary at Pilanesberg National Park

Nice scenary at Pilanesberg National Park

Prof. Leszek and Nyko, our amazing wildlife ranger

Prof. Leszek and Nyko, our amazing wildlife ranger

Student briefing at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Student briefing at Dinokeng Game Reserve

Students collecting field data

Students collecting field data

Showing off at group photo

Showing off at group photo

Students observating herbivore vigilance behaviour

Students observating herbivore vigilance behaviour

Seminar by Prof. Francesca Parrini

Seminar by Prof. Francesca Parrini

Tree Damage Survey with Dr. Mark Keith

Tree Damage Survey with Dr. Mark Keith

Students recording focal behaviour

Students recording focal behaviour

Discussion of field research with Prof. Leszek Karczmarski

Discussion of field research with Prof. Leszek Karczmarski

Students collecting field data 2

Students collecting field data 2

Two zebras socializing (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Two zebras socializing (Photo by Stephen Chan)

White rhino with ear notches (Photo by Derek Ho)

White rhino with ear notches (Photo by Derek Ho)

Zebra (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Zebra (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Lions with wildebeest kill

Lions with wildebeest kill

Brown fish owl

Brown fish owl

Tokay gecko (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Tokay gecko (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Silvered leaf monkeys on branches (Photo by Scott Chui)

Silvered leaf monkeys on branches (Photo by Scott Chui)

Silvered leaf monkeys on branches (Photo by Scott Chui)

Silvered leaf monkeys on branches (Photo by Scott Chui)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Snub-nosed monkey (Photo by Scott Chui)

Student group project presentation

Student group project presentation

Animal Behaviour Field Course 2015 at Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah

Animal Behaviour Field Course 2015 at Danau Girang Field Centre, Sabah

Harlequin tree frog (Photo by Carmen Or)

Harlequin tree frog (Photo by Carmen Or)

Rhinoceros hornbill (Photo by Carmen Or)

Rhinoceros hornbill (Photo by Carmen Or)

Oriental dwarf kingfisher (Photo by Carmen Or)

Oriental dwarf kingfisher (Photo by Carmen Or)

Snake during night safari (Photo by Carmen Or)

Snake during night safari (Photo by Carmen Or)

Water monitor (Photo by Carmen Or)

Water monitor (Photo by Carmen Or)

Orangutan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Orangutan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Orangutan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Orangutan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Orangutan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Orangutan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Boat ride on Kota Kinabatangan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Boat ride on Kota Kinabatangan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Observing monkey behaviour at the river of Kota Kinabatangan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Observing monkey behaviour at the river of Kota Kinabatangan (Photo by Carmen Or)

Orangutan (Photo by Leszek Karczmarski)

Orangutan (Photo by Leszek Karczmarski)

Orangutan (Photo by Leszek Karczmarski)

Orangutan (Photo by Leszek Karczmarski)

Orangutan (Photo by Leszek Karczmarski)

Orangutan (Photo by Leszek Karczmarski)

Orangutan baby

Orangutan baby

Orangutan baby in canopy of the rainforest of Sabah (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Orangutan baby in canopy of the rainforest of Sabah (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Orangutan baby feeding in Sabah rainforest (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Orangutan baby feeding in Sabah rainforest (Photo by Stephen Chan)

Animal Behaviour Field Course

Animal Behaviour Field Course

Marine Mammal Field Course

Marine Mammal Field Course

Marine Mammal Classroom Course

Marine Mammal Classroom Course

Animal Behaviour Classroom Course

Animal Behaviour Classroom Course

Students' Corner

Students' Corner

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Students observating herbivore vigilance behaviour