Certificate Programme in Wildlife Conservation and Management is designed for people who are in the relevant sectors, both private and government, and also for those who wish to gain/upgrade knowledge and skills in the field of wildlife conservation and management with the aim of becoming an wildlife conservationist. The objectives of this programme is to create an awareness of the importance of Wild Life Conservation and Management in Sri Lanka and to make available a basic course in Wild Life Conservation and Management to persons who are interested and/or engaged in Wild Life Conservation activities. The programme is to be conducted by distance mode and will require only limited attendance for formal face to face activities.

The Certificate Programme in Wildlife Conservation and Management is designed for those who are interested in the area of Environmental Conservation. The activity of protecting, preserving, managing and studying wildlife and wildlife resources is called wildlife conservation. Wildlife Management is a part of wildlife conservation. It involves: planning of protected areas, preparation of management plans, manipulation of wildlife populations and habitats for their welfare and for human benefit, preservation of endangered and threatened wildlife, introduction of exotic wild species into ecosystems and recreation management and wildlife law enforcement. Wildlife education involves educating and training scientists and managers in the colleges and universities and providing the general public and decision makers with information about wildlife.

Courses offered:
Basic Biology & Wild Life of Sri Lanka
Basic Ecology
Population & Communities Wildlife Conservation & Management
Research Project
The basic Biology course deals with the study of animal and plant life. This course will help to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of animal and plant life. This course will also help to understand the principles and patterns shared by animals and correlate the immense structural and functional diversity within their adaptations for survival. The following skills are required for the study of diversity of animals and plants:

  • Learn the techniques to identify and record microscopic animals
  • Study the techniques to record field observations
  • Use techniques to identify unknown animals and plants
  • Learn the diversity patterns of animals and plants
  • Interpret the information of observed animals
  • Identify the structural and functional adaptations for survival
  • Classify animals and plants based on their external morphology
  • Prepare a field report Basic Ecology
  • Basic Ecology,Population & Communities Course will give a wider knowledge on basic ecological concepts such as ecosystems, populations, communities, habitat & niches and tropic relations of different organisms.
    Our increasing population and our ability to modify and disrupt the planet to satisfy our short term needs and wants have led to the present age of wildlife extinction. One of our greatest challenges is to embark on a new path that preserves and sustains the earth’s biological and genetic diversity.
    Research project tries to encourage to undertake a small research project within the area of interest to the individuals.


    Programme Code :
    CW00
    Programme Category :
    Certificate Programme
    Conducted by :
    Dept. of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences
    Programme duration :
    Minimum 1 year
    Discipline(s) / Course(s) :
    Zoology
    No formal qualifications are required.
    Issuing of Applications :
    1st August 2014
    Closing Date for Applications :
    30th August 2014
    Programme commencing date :
    September

    Registration Fee Rs 225.00
    Facilities Fees Rs. 900.00
    Tuition Fees Rs. 21,852.00
    Sports club fees Rs 25.00

    Tuition fees as per new Credit Rating = Rs. 1,214.00 per Credit
    Payments can be made in two installments.
    This Certificate programme is conducted by the department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences. Contact the coordinator, Dr. U.K.G.K. Padmalal for further details.
    Address :
    Department of Zoology, Faculty of Natural Sciences, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Nawala, Nugegoda.
    Contact :
    0112881475
    Email :
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