The major objective of the Postgraduate Diploma in Wildlife Management (PGDipWLM) is to train students with the skills necessary for employment in some aspect of wildlife or ecological management or research. Other important goals of the course are to develop in students: an understanding of the ecological basis of conservation, harvest management and pest control. skills in handling, marking, observing and censusing wild animals. an appreciation of the practical realities of wildlife management from the administrative and legal points of view. a knowledge of the biology, ecology and behaviour of wild animals in New Zealand. skills in communicating about the management of, and scientific research of, ecological communities. Verbal presentations, debating, dealing with the media, popular science writing and scientific report writing are all emphasised and taught.