Welcome to african wildlife courses

An online learning platform offering varied, interesting and accessible wildlife courses, no matter who you are, what your goals are or where you are in the world.

The distance learning wildlife courses we have selected are delivered by the leading online providers of wildlife and conservation courses in the UK and South Africa.

All courses are studied online, so you can learn around your existing commitments. Some of the diploma courses offer practical placements, an ideal way of gaining valuable hands-on experience with a variety of animals.

  • Affordable – Payment options and funding available on the Diploma’s.
  • Flexible and accessible Online Learning. Students enrolled from worldwide locations.
  • Tutor Support and high success rates.
  • Careers Advice.
  • Course providers have excellent online reviews.
  • ZSL membership included with the Diploma’s.
  • Optional practical hands on experience with selected Diploma’s.
  • We firmly believe in Animal Welfare and Conservation through education.

The Diplomas are approved and regulated by UK Awarding Bodies: Open College Network West Midlands with the Zookeeping Diploma being Ofqual accredited. The certificates are endorsed through the Field Guide Association of South Africa and are well respected and recognised within the industry.

Many students from school leavers to those already working in the industry have already benefited by going on to successful wildlife jobs or enhancing their career and employment prospects; many have achieved their dream job working within the wildlife industry.


Emma Hearn : “I have loved my time learning with Animal Courses Direct, the tutors are easy to contact and you learn so much. I am currently studying the Level 3 Diploma in Zookeeping and I’m also studying zoo animal nutrition. I’ve recently just had my zoo keeping placement at Blackpool Zoo where I got to train as a zookeeper for a week. It was amazing, I learnt so much and got up close and personal with the animals. It’s made me want to be a zookeeper even more. One of the best things about studying with Animal Courses Direct is you can do it in your own time and you can study as many courses as you like. You can fit your studies around your lifestyle. I’ve told so many friends and family about how amazing they are that I have currently got friends who are looking at enrolling on the course.”

Student Review of the Zookeeping Diploma and Practical Course.

Take our courses worldwide! Study online & get trained to work with animals in the UK, Canada, United States, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia, Europe & more!