While the courses I offer vary a bit over time, the following courses are usually offered every year or every other year.
Zoo Animal Management, ABEC251
This is the core class for the zoo biology minor. We explore all aspects of zoo operations, from the needs of individual zoo animals, to populations, to visitors. We have the opportunity to talk with some zoo curators and directors, and group projects allow students to explore the intricacies of running a zoo.
Animal Enrichment, ABEC339
Animal Enrichment explores the role of enrichment in laboratory, shelter, and zoo animals. Students work in groups to design and test enrichment ideas at various locations. Adding an “entrepreneurial” bent to the class, groups develop a “marketable” enrichment product idea.
Find out more about some unique, experiential learning opportunities below.
Observational Research Methods, ABEC360
Observational research methods offers an authentic research experience to students. Most of the semester is spent collecting data on student-designed research projects at the Buffalo Zoo. The course culminates in a research poster session at the Buffalo Zoo. The course carries the advanced writing designation.
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation in South Africa, ABEC404
This core capstone course (open to students entering their senior year) involves a 3-week trip to the Lajuma Research Centre in South Africa. This once-in-a-lifetime experience introduces you to field methods in wildlife ecology and allows you to immerse yourself in a different culture. More details can be found on the “South Africa” page.