Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation

This 10 day course is designed for undergraduate students with an interest in wildlife from a pre-veterinary, biology or conservation perspective

Other Courses

This course can be combined with similar courses for a comprehensive four week summer session in Belize
Large Animal Veterinary Practice in the Tropics
Primate Ecology
Marine Biology
Lake Ecology

Wildlife Health, Ecology and Conservation

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.

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Study Wildlife Health

CELA at The Belize Zoo.....

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

  • Day 1

    Introduction to Wildlife Issues

  • Day 2

    Wildlife conservation and education at the Belize Zoo

  • Day 3

    Community conservation of wildife. Black Howler Monkeys at the Community Baboon Sanctuary

  • Day 4

    Mammals: Jaguars and tapirs at the Belize Zoo

  • Days 5 - 6

    Field Research Methods at Runaway Creek Nature Reserve

  • Day 7

    Introduction to Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians

  • Day 8

    Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians at Runaway Creek

  • Days 9 - 10

    Camera Trap collection, evaluation and final exams

  • Note:

    Itinerary is subject to change due to wildlife emergencies

  • Day 12

    Presentations and final exam

Scholarship and Funding Ideas

Want to study abroad but not sure if you can afford it? You are not alone! Whilst studying abroad gives you an appreciation for the world outside of your home country, grows your character and confidence, gives you great opportunities, many still worry about paying off student debt in the future. Thankfully there are a couple of options you can pursue that may make that trip of a lifetime a little bit more affordable.

    APVMA Scholarship

    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

  • Gilman Scholarship
    Gilman International

    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

  • Crowd Funding
    Crowd Funding

    So if a scholarship opportunity didn't work out, you can turn to many internet crowd funding sites to try and raise funds. If somebody can raise $6k for potato salad, who knows what you might be able to achieve.
    There are of course other crowd funding options such as indigogo and many more, so go on, get creative, get social and we'll see you soon.

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Our Mission

To expand the world view of participants by providing high quality, relevant, dynamic, socially responsible and academically challenging experiences.

Our Vision

We are the number one choice in Belize for providing professional and academic education by exceeding our participants’ expectations and contributing to the success of the communities with which we work.

Our Core Values

Sustainability: We are committed to building a better understanding of Belize's rich cultures and biodiversity whilst ensuring our business activities have a beneficial and sustaining impact.

Respect: We treat everyone with dignity, equality, kindness and trust regardless of ethnicity, lifestyle, gender and beliefs.

Teamwork: We work together through cooperation, dedication, respect and open communication.

Collaboration: We actively pursue and value cooperative relationships in pursuit of our mission and vision.

CELA. Belize
Center for Engaged Learning Abroad

P.O. Box 177
San Ignacio
Central America
Tel: +501 670 0930

Center For Engaged Learning Abroad