Wildlife management

A.Y. 2020/2021
Overall hours
Learning objectives
The aim is providing the knowledge and competences needed for a correct management of wild animals. Data and information analyzed by scientific literature will be integrated with the current environmental legislation. The course will focus on the issues of both endangered and problematic species
Expected learning outcomes
Capacity of understanding how environmental modifications determine wildlife distribution; understanding the criteria for the creation and management of protected areas; ability to perform informed management actions
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Lesson period
First semester
Lectures will be furnished in SINCRONOUS modality following the time table of the course. The lectures will be performed using the Microsoft TEAMS platform at the channel indicated on the ARIEL website of the course. Lectures will be shorter than usual, and particular attention will be dedicated to their efficacy in order to allow a better attention by the students. Every lecture will be registered and will stay available in the TEAMS channel.

We will organise also at least three excursions in open environments, where with safe distances it will be possible to observe direct cases of wildlife management and discuss about the lectures and the program. The attendance to the excursions will be not mandatory.

Exams modality will not change, but the exams will be performed using microsof TEAMS platform.
Course syllabus
Protected areas: criteria for the selection of protected areas; international and national classification.
IUCN redlists. International conventions for wildlife conservation. The Habitat Directive.
Impact of environmental modifications on wildlife. Planning for the optimization of protected areas. Ecological networks.
Translocations: introductions, re-introductions and supplementation.
The role of ex-situ conservation.
The importance of surrogate species for conservation.
Management of hunting practices.
Analysis of wildlife management issues, considering different taxa of both invertebrates and vertebrates. Guidelines for the efficient management of the different taxa.
Usefulness of traditional management of environments for wildlife biodiversity
Prerequisites for admission
Basic knowledge of animal biology and ecology
Teaching methods
Oral lectures, field excursions. Computer analysis of management issues, on the basis of both real and simulated data
Teaching Resources
- Slides of lectures; additional reference material will be available online
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral examination. It will be possible discussing the reports of practicals performed by students
BIO/05 - ZOOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
Professor: Manenti Raoul
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