Interested in Studying Zoology in Botswana?

One of the real highlights that UNE can offer its students is its overseas study tours that visit a range of countries. Zoology's offering is coordinated by Paul McDonald and aims to give students a taste of zoological interactions in a totally new region for those familiar with Australian animals. There is a focus on human-wildlife conflict, conservation and gaining valuable field skills across a range of research areas while visiting key wildlife refuges in Botswana and Zambia.


This is not a holiday, students work together in a team to gather data across a range of research projects using equipment such as bioacoustic recorders, camera traps and binoculars to gather data on avian and mammal biodiversity, behavioural interactions between predators and prey, termite abundance and diversity as well as developing key field skills in identification of species and individuals.


The two week itinerary covers such iconic areas as the Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe River, Baines Baobabs, Nxai Pan and a detour into Zambia to view Victoria Falls and white rhinoceros. These are some of the most iconic wildlife viewing areas in sub-Saharan Africa, with highlights from past trips including:

- Lion, Leopard, Serval, Cheetah and African Wild Cat

- African Hunting Dog, Spotted Hyaena, Bat-eared Fox, Black-backed Jackal

- Elephant, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Buffalo

- Impala, Steenbok, Greater Kudu, Roan Antelope, Sable Antelope, Springbok


We typically see over 200 bird species during the trip, as well as Nile Crocodiles, Water Monitors and enormous termite mounds. Participants also view 2,000 year old rock paintings and experience a cultural night where they learn about local issues concerning wildlife and living in Botswana.


A travel diary from 2017 can be found here.


A gallery of some of the animals seen in previous trips can also be viewed here.




Applications for the 2018 Overseas Study Program in Botswana/Zambia are now open!


The tour program for 2018 will run from 27th July to 13th August 2018 in Trimester 2. This year we will be staying on tour for two additional nights to give us the opportunity to view meerkats and white rhinoceros! Details below, please make sure that you read the outlined, have a look at the requirements and, if interested, make sure to fill out your application form in full.


Applications close 23rd March 2018.


For details on what the Tour involves, please read this overview.


For a pdf of a Keynote presentation showing some of the locations we'll be visiting, see here.


Download your Application form here.


Download information on the school refund policy here.


Download and view information on Student Responsibilities while participating in an Overseas Study Program here.



For more information, contact Assoc. Prof. Paul McDonald