Young Wildlife Biologist Starter Course 2023


Would you like to study and work with wildlife in the future? If so, this is the course for you!

We have partnered with the Federation of Environmental Organisations (FEO) to bring to you our Young Wildlife Biologist Starter Course 2023!

So what’s included in our course?

Start date:

January 28, 2023


10 (a session on the last Saturday of every month, from January through October 2023)


The Diyasaru Park and Beddagana Wetland Park in Colombo, Sri Lanka


12 – 16

Course fee:

Rs. 5,000/= 

Available slots:


Application deadline:

January 6, 2023

Here’s a sneak peak into what you will learn:

  • Conduct field reconnaissance at different times of day, and record wildlife activity 
  • Find animal signs (pug marks, scat, sounds and smells!) and use them to identify species
  • Learn how to use popular wildlife monitoring technology (camera traps, microscopes, GPS collars) in the field and work with the data they capture
  • Understand and appreciate the importance of wetland habitats in Colombo and how they are interconnected with urban wildlife
  • Work with full-time wildlife researchers and conservationists to protect fishing cats and other urban wildlife 

By joining the starter course, you will receive:

  • A certificate of completion 
  • A novelty project t-shirt (who doesn’t love a t-shirt!)
  • A field notebook (for important observations)
  • A Foldscope Paper Microscope (for examining the microscopic world)
  • The chance to experience first-hand the field of wildlife conservation, even before you finish secondary school!

Apply now!

To apply, please fill out our application form. When you fill it out, apart from entering your details, you will also be asked to answer three prompts:

  1. Name three wetlands found in Sri Lanka
  2. What are some of the threats facing Colombo’s urban wetlands?
  3. What excites you the most about wildlife biology?

Take your time and think carefully about each prompt before writing. We are looking for applicants who have a serious interest in this field and take pride in the work they deliver.

If you aren’t sure if you’ll qualify, that’s OK — apply anyway! We’d love to see your application! If you have any questions before you apply, you can email us at

We have only 10 slots available, so…