Our Short Specialization Degree in Integrated Wildlife Conservation trains figures specialized in the protection and management of land and water wild fauna. Attendees will develop an integrated theoretical and technical/practical One Health approach, to manage wild animals and species/habitat preservation projects, in a sustainability and local conflict management perspective.

Participation of international scholars ensures a holistic and multidisciplinary vision to manage data, information and researches on preservation. Furthermore, it provides the cultural means to explore the human dimension and draft management, preservation and communication plans. The course will provide the appropriate skills to intervene during the different phases of preservation projects, from planning to implementation and promulgation, by pursuing research, welfare and local sustainability goals.

Our Short Specialization Degree in Integrated Wildlife Conservation provides training on three main areas:

  • Integrated biodiversity preservation
  • Research, animal welfare and sustainability
  • Human dimension and conflict management, regulations, ethics and communication

In the first part of the course, lessons will be held online, on Friday and Saturday every other week, on e-learning platforms. In the second part of the course, there will be in-person hands-on lessons, workshops and practice (on weekends or during residential weeks).

Training activities may be held at UNIPD facilities, or in partner institutions (zoos/parks/research institutes).

At the end of the course, students will be required to develop an integrated preservation project, comprising active experimentation, according to the methods learned during the course. It can also be a group project.

The Short Specialization Degree in Integrated Wildlife Conservation is open to anyone with a first-level degree, interested in land and sea wild animal preservation and biodiversity protection. The course is also indicated for professionals, such as biologists, zoologists, naturalists, veterinarians, agronomists, working in the Nature preservation field.

The Master provides students with competences to work in the field of biodiversity protection in a One-Health perspective, from planning, defining and implementing preservation projects, both nationally and internationally.

It also provides skills to manage local conflict, scientific communication and dissemination, pursue research objectives, and local welfare and sustainability.

Our Short Specialization Degree in Integrated Wildlife Conservation is organized according to the following modules:

Module 1 – Preservation

Content: Ecology and biodiversity – One health approach and conservation medicine: an introduction – Ex-situ Conservation – In-situ Conservation – Conservation Ethics and Education – Design of conservation projects – Environmental disaster management and stranding

Module 2 – Research, Welfare and Sustainability

Content: Wild animals’ infectious diseases management – Wildlife Welfare – Biotechnology for conservation – Forensic investigation in wildlife crimes – Evolutionary adaptation in the animal world

Module 3 – Regulations, Communication, Ethics and Management

Content: Regulation and Legislation – Human-Wildlife conflict and interaction – Ethics, Communication and Project Management


  • Parco Natura Viva – Garda Zoological Park (Bussolengo, VR)
  • Giardino Zoologico di Pistoia (Pistoia – PT)
  • Federazione italiana Parchi e Riserve Naturali – Federparchi
  • Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (Napoli – NA)
  • Zoo delle Maitine (Pesco Sannita – BN)
  • Parco Monte Barro (Galbiate – LC)
  • Parco Nazionale dell’Arcipelago Toscano (Portoferraio – LI)
  • WWF Lecco
  • Conservation Guardians – South Africa
  • Kwazulu Natal University – South Africa
  • Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research IZW – Berlin, Germany
  • IPB University – Bogor Indonesia
  • Centro Interuniversitario per la Ricerca sui Cetacei – CIRCE
  • Agreement on the Conservation of Cetaceans of the Black sea, Mediterranean Sea and contiguous Atlantic Area – ACCOBAMS
  • Morigenos – Slovenian Marine Mammal Society
  • Biology Department – University of Padua

The general ranking of merit for the academic year 2024/25 will be published on the Italian page of this Master according to the timing provided in the Call.

Single course


Health, environment and territory
€ 2.022,50
€ 1.000,00
Find the admission titles in the selection notice 24/25.


Online lessons will be held on the Zoom platform. Students can find the Moodle platform link on the Master course page.

Yes, there will be a 200-hour traineeship/stage, equal to 8 CFU for each student. The traineeship/stage may be completed in any facility (private/public, national/international) that protects biodiversity, as selected by the student, and affiliated to the University of Padua

Yes, students are required a minimum 70% attendance of theoretical lessons. Some hands-on lessons will be optional, although strongly recommended. Some optional hands-on lessons will also be held abroad.

The final dissertation includes the definition of an integrated preservation project, which may be developed individually or in groups, based on an active experimentation according to the methods learned during the course

Yes, international experts will take part in the training activities, with the option of completing the traineeship and final project also abroad.