PO Box 177, San Ignacio, Cayo,
Belize, Central America
Through a combination of classroom lectures, field trips and practicums, students will be introduced to tropical ecology, local conservation efforts, Belizean wildlife, veterinary practices and wildlife research techniques. This intensive, introductory course will help students understand the many factors that affect the management, conservation, habitat and health of wild animals.
You will work along side zookeepers in the world renowned Belize Zoo. The focus of the course is on wildlife veterinary practices, conservation and research methods. Species specific focus will include the research and conservation of the jaguar (Panthera onca), puma (Puma concolor), tapir (Tapirus bairdii), jabiru stork (Jabiru mycteria), howler monkey (Alouatta pigra), spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) and the green iguana (Iguana iguana). Students will gain insight on several field research techniques including specialized leg hold traps, cage traps, GPS and VHF tracking, camera trapping, chemical immobilization and remote drug delivery, avian mist netting, bird banding, and nest searching and monitoring. Students will also get the opportunity to observe and collect data on captive and wild animals.
Application deadline for summer 2018 is March 15th 2018. We have 4 course sessions in summer. Section A: May 12-26. Section B: May 26-June 9. Section C: June 9-23. Section D: June 23-July 7.
Winter 2018-2019 session will run from December 26th 2018 to January 7th 2019, with our special Primate Research courses running before and after the winter classes. Application deadline for winter is October 30th.
Dr. Julio is leading the group in wildlife medicine and management techniques. Not only do the students learn a huge amount from his impressive knowledge, but The Belize Zoo staff is also included in the CELA training program. As a result, our zoo-keeping staff is most definitely empowered by this important training.
The Belize Zoo gives a big thank you to CELA for the unique professional guidance received.
Excerpt from The Reporter Newspaper interview with Sharon Matola, The Belize Zoo
Introduction to Wildlife Issues
Wildlife conservation and education at the Belize Zoo
Community conservation of wildife. Black Howler Monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary
Mammals: Jaguars and tapirs at the Belize Zoo
Field Research Methods at Runaway Creek Nature Reserve
Introduction to Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians
Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians at Runaway Creek
Camera Trap collection, evaluation and final exams
Itinerary is subject to change due to wildlife emergencies
Presentations and final exam
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C.E.L.A Belize will sponsor two scholarships for APVMA members in each period (winter and summer). Each scholarship has a value of 50% of the regular cost of a single course or full program. A full program means two (2) courses (for a scholarship value of approximately $2500). Students can choose among any courses offered. Additional charges (late arrival/early departure, extra transcripts, credit from a U.S. college/university, etc.) will be charged directly to the student at their full price. Contact us for more details
The Gilman Scholarship Program offers awards for undergraduate study abroad and was established by the International Academic Opportunity Act of 2000. This scholarship provides awards for U.S. undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study abroad programs worldwide. Who can apply The Gilman Scholarship Program is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are planning to study abroad. The program aims to diversify the kinds of students who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go by supporting undergraduates who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints. Find out more here
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