Interested in Studying Zoology in Botswana?

One of the real highlights that UNE can offer its students is an overseas study tour. UNE offers tours to a range of countries, however the biannual trip to Botswana and Zambia is coordinated by Paul McDonald. This trip aims to give students a taste of zoological interactions in a totally new region for those more 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 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, Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Baines Baobabs, Nxai Pan, and a visit to Victoria Falls in Zambia. 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 (Painted Wolf), Spotted Hyaena, Bat-eared Fox, Black-backed Jackal, Meerkat

- Elephant, Giraffe, Hippopotamus, Buffalo

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


To get a feel for what we see where, see the travel diary from the 2018 tour here.


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



Tour details for 2020

Unfortunately we have had to cancel the 2020 tour due to the impact of COVID-19 and travel restrictions in place. We hope to resume these tours once it is safe to do so, and will post details of any opportunities once they become available. The earliest that this seems possible is 2023, but I will update as soon as more information is available.


For more information, contact Prof. Paul McDonald