Wildlife science focuses on animal biology and the management of wild animals, including their conservation and ecology.

You'll study native and exotic mammals, reptiles, birds and amphibians in their natural or man-made environments, their biodiversity, and the emerging issues associated with human-wildlife interactions.

Our expert wildlife scientists and biologists are involved in the conservation and management of non-captive and captive wildlife, and rare and exotic animals. They'll teach you how to implement and evaluate wildlife management programs for captive and free-ranging wildlife.

You'll develop a deep scientific knowledge of:

  • wildlife anatomy and physiology
  • captive breeding
  • reproduction
  • nutrition and health
  • husbandry
  • ecology and wildlife management
  • welfare and behaviour.

Undergraduates can add an extra year of honours to the Bachelor of Wildlife Science, or combine wildlife science interests with practical business skills on the Bachelors of Agribusiness/Wildlife dual degree program.

Postgraduates can extend their knowledge of the care and management of wildlife by opting for the Wildlife Biology field of study within our Master of Animal Science.

Why choose wildlife science at UQ?

You'll have access to the best specialist animal research and veterinary facilities in the Southern Hemisphere, including the Hidden Vale UQ Wildlife Centre, the Native Wildlife Teaching and Research Facility, and the Queensland Animal Science Precinct.

You'll also gain practical, relevant work experience through field trips, time at UQ's captive breeding facilities, and industry placements in zoos, sanctuaries, wildlife parks including Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Dreamworld, government agencies, welfare organisations and animal breeding enterprises. Undergraduates can also join an optional three-week study tour of South Africa or North America.

With excellent wildlife-trapping, identification and animal-handling skills, you'll be in high demand, and be able to make a major contribution to the Australian wildlife, game and vertebrate pest-management industries. You can also expect to find employment in government, ecotourism, wildlife management and conservation, or pursue a research career.

What our graduates say

lauren gilloran"Anyone passionate about animals and their conservation should study Wildlife Science at UQ. It's so broad that a lot of doors open for you - such as working in a zoo or an aquarium, or working for the government in game management. That's what drew me to it."

Lauren Gilloran, Wildlife Science graduate and Sea World Dolphin trainer

View more student success stories on UQ's Careers that started in science website.

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