Worldwide training


Durrell Conservation Academy

"Fantastic course! The lectures were informative and motivating and I really appreciated the wide variety of people from all projects presenting and sharing, and hearing the views of so many people from different conservation pursuits around the world."

ISLA Mauritius course participant, 2005



Time and financial constraints mean that not everyone can make it to Jersey to attend a course. In response we have designed a series of short courses tailored to meet the needs of particular groups of conservation professionals in particular parts of the world.

We have run training courses in more than 15 countries and on many islands. By running courses in the same locations as our field programmes we can show participants first hand the realities of endangered species recovery projects and the skills required to achieve success.

Our overseas courses last between 5 and 10 days in duration, depending of the needs of our in-country partner. Many of our courses can be tailored for overseas locations, and can be translated into the local language. We are open to invitations to run our training courses in different locations. We are keen to share our skills and understanding with new groups of conservation biologists and field or zoo based professionals.

If you would like to propose a new venue for one of our courses, or to suggest a new course topic, then please contact Catherine Burrows on catherine.burrows@durrell.org.



Overseas courses planned for 2013


Island species-led action

Island Species-led Action (ISLA) is a ten day course with a specific focus on island conservation. It is designed to equip you with the skills and understanding necessary to recover endangered species from immediate extinction and to plan for their long term recovery.

The course is designed primarily for mid-level conservation professionals, educators and researchers working on islands to conserve threatened species. It will also be of interest to those wanting to develop their understanding of island conservation and endangered species recovery. To date the course has been run on islands throughout the Pacific and Indian Oceans, as well as in the Caribbean.

Course location and dates for 2013 are yet to be confirmed, please contact academy@durrell.org for further details.


Invasive species management

Invasive Species Management (ISM) is a short course designed to give invasive species professionals the basic tools required to plan effective invasive species management activities. It brings together lessons learned from the field in a range of situations in a concise and practical format.

The course is designed for invasive species workers, decision makers (policy, management and planning), conservation practitioners and project planners working primarily on invasive plants and vertebrates in terrestrial ecosystems around the world; principles will also be applicable to aquatic invasive species and ecosystems.

Particular focus will be given to island systems. The course has been run previously in Jersey, Samoa and Mauritius.

Course location and dates for 2013 are yet to be confirmed, please contact academy@durrell.org for further details.


Amphibian conservation husbandry

The Amphibian Conservation Husbandry (ACH) course is a short course designed to expose participants to the latest theory and practice of amphibian husbandry. Participants will be equipped to establish and manage captive populations and breeding programmes for some of the world’s most threatened amphibians.

The ACH course is suitable for curators, keepers and veterinarians from zoos and other institutions involved in the captive management of amphibians. By working with local partners we are able to modify the course in order to target specific issues in the region. We have run the course in Jersey, Madagascar, Argentina, Sri Lanka and Bolivia.

This course will be running both in Jersey and overseas in 2013. The overseas course location and dates for 2013 are yet to be confirmed, please contact academy@durrell.org for further details.

This course will be running both in Jersey and overseas in 2013. The overseas course location and dates for 2013 are yet to be confirmed, please contact academy@durrell.org for further details.


Conservation breeding and husbandry of callitrichids

Conservation Breeding and Husbandry of Callitrichids is designed to equip participants with the necessary skills to successfully manage callitrichids in captivity. Durrell maintains a large and varied collection of these species and has decades of experience in their captive management and in-situ conservation.

The course is targeted at curators, keepers and veterinarians from zoos and other institutions (e.g. universities) involved in the captive management and conservation of callitrichids.

We will be running this course in Colombia at the start of 2013. Please contact academy@durrell.org for further details.