Studies in this area give the ability to implement and evaluate policy aspects of wildlife conservation management programs and utilisation. Scientists in this field study the biology, management, ecology, conservation management and human-wildlife interactions associated with ‘wild animals’ such as mammals, reptiles, amphibians, native and exotic birds in natural or created environments. Graduates in this field will make major contributions to wildlife, game and vertebrate pest management industries in Australia.

Students learn wildlife trapping, identification and handling skills and will develop strong scientific knowledge of wildlife anatomy and physiology, breeding, reproduction, nutrition, health, husbandry, ecology, welfare and behaviour. Undergraduate students also have the opportunity to undertake a three-week International Experience elective in Australia and Southern Africa. Students also have the opportunity to complete a Certificate IV in Captive Animals as part of their studies.

UQ recently opened the purpose built Native Wildlife Teaching and Research Facility for endangered native animals to support breeding and research programs to save endangered animals and provides a teaching resource for students. This facility currently houses Julia Creek dunnarts, Mahogany gliders and Bridled Nailtail wallabies.

Flood the wallaby

Wildlife Science graduates find employment in:

  • Wildlife sanctuaries and zoos
  • Vertebrate pest and game management
  • Government agencies
  • Ecotourism
  • Marine resource organisations
  • Conservation organisations

The School offers students the following study options:

Animal Wildlife research being undertaken within the School includes:


  • Koala Study Program - Ecology
  • Koala Reproductive Biology
  • Koala Disease
  • Koala Structure and Function – comparison to wombats


  • Wildlife Reproductive Physiology
  • Wildlife Stress Physiology and Welfare

Sperm DNA damage

  • International Collaboration – Spain
  • Evolution of sperm DNA / chromatin packaging and SCD assays
  • Reproductive Toxicology

Agriculture / Wildlife Interactions

  • Farming Wildlife
    • Saltwater crocodile farming
    • Aquaculture – Prawns and other Crustacean (DAFFI and CSIRO)
  • What we learn from wildlife
    • Heat stress physiology
    • Sperm survival

3D and Classical Anatomy

  • Production of 3d Computer Models for anatomical studies
    • Wombats (wombat foundation)
    • Koalas
    • Crocodiles
    • Bilby (save the bilby fund)
  • Classical anatomy (collaborations with the Nippon Veterinary and Life Science Uni, Japan)

School academics in this field:


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