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College of Veterinary Medicine, NPUST
Wildlife Conservation

 

History
The Institute of Wildlife Conservation was established in 2001, as the only institution focusing on wildlife in Taiwan. The predecessor of our institute, Department of Wildlife Conservation Technology, was a two-year undergraduate program and upgraged to a graduate program for the new academic mission of our institution. 
 
 
Features
Wildlife conservation has become an important environmental issue recently worldwide, as well as in Taiwan. Endowed with diverse fauna and flora, well-trained wildlife specialists are increasingly demanded in Taiwan, especially in environmental administration and enforcement agencies, management of protected areas and natural resources, education and research institutions. The objectives of our institute are to help graduate students to familiar with various skills required for the successful implementation of conservation, such as administration in wildlife conservation, management on wildlife populations and their habitats, foundation of man-power for wildlife researches, and integration of stakeholder and participators in nature resource management. Furthermore, actions of preservation, maintenance, sustainable use, restoration and enhancement on threaten or endangered wildlife is expected to improve the proximal and sustainable benefits for people on the island and adjacent regions.
 
Curriculum
Courses in our institute are designed to emphasize both of the critical knowledge and practical ability for field researches and emperical skills in wildlife conservation and management. The theoretical courses will cover various fields of animal biology (e.g., mammalogy, ornithology, and herpetology), landscape ecology, wildlife population ecology, behavior ecology, conservational biology, and others. The applied courses are diverse in disciplines, such as international affair on natural conservation, human dimensions of natural resources management, wildlife habitat management, ecosystems management, and wildlife damage management. It specifically focuses on the conservation and management of non-marine megafauna, such as raptors, carnivores, primates, and reptiles.
 
Degree of Programes
Our institute offers a M.S. graduate program in wildlife, mainly focusing on non-marine vertebrates. As a multi-disciplinary science, which includes human dimension, natural resource management, environmental science, recreation tourism, agriculture and social science, our program of wildlife conservation will open to the students from various backgrounds. Candidates for the M.S. degree must complete at least 30 credits, and five credits in required courses (Seminar, Wildlife Research, and Practice of Wildlife Research) must be included. A qualified master thesis (6 credis), in combination with oral exam, must be accomplished in 4 years to fulfill the graduation requirement.
 
Facilities
Our institute has included biological laboratories, an animal specimen storage house, a laboratory of automated wildlife data collection, a wildlife product identification laboratory, Wildlife Management Information Center (Taber's Library), a 4-hectare Pingtung Rescue Center for Endangered Wild Animals (PTRC). Recently, an experimental wetland for the rehabilitation of a rare frog species is also transferred to our institute.
 
 
Perspectives
Our objectives include developing connections with departments of top universities in America and Europe to foster research and cultivate needed specialists. To augment science and technologies to include conservation in Taiwan, the development of our institute emphasizes Taiwan's dedication to study of wildlife ecology, development of methodologies for wildlife data collection and analysis, restoration of small populations, designing breeding technologies, controlling wildlife damage, management of ecosystems, understanding the human dimensions of conservation, and promotion of conservation concepts in the public. To enhance academic interactions as well as wildlife conservation, we are also in frequent communication with colleagues and institutes in nearby Asian countries.