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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Explain the nature of wildlife rehabilitation centres and animal welfare issues associated with them 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
261578  Explain the nature of wildlife rehabilitation centres and animal welfare issues associated with them 
ORIGINATOR
Task Team - Animal Protection Standards 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Nature Conservation 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Wildlife rehabilitation centres are common and it may be necessary for animal protection inspectors to have to inspect such a facility. It is therefore imperative that they have a basic understanding of the types of rehabilitation centres, the types of animals that the centre rehabilitates, basic principles of rehabilitation, rehabilitation protocols as well as knowledge of hygiene and relevant treatment most often given at these centres.

This unit standard addresses these needs, and learners credited with it will be able to:
  • Identify the need for wildlife rehabilitation and the different kinds of facilities.
  • Identify relevant legislation regarding wildlife rehabilitation.
  • Identify types of wildlife most commonly admitted to wildlife rehabilitation centres.
  • Demonstrate awareness of welfare concerns, basic hygiene and medical protocols within wildlife rehabilitation centres.
  • Evaluate the different release protocols at wildlife rehabilitation centres. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Communication at NQF Level 4. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Identify the need for wildlife rehabilitation and the different kinds of facilities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Wildlife rehabilitation centres and wildlife sanctuaries are contrasted in terms of the difference between the two. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Aspects are identified that qualifies an animal for rehabilitation or sanctuary. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The different levels of wildlife rehabilitation are explained in terms of their functioning and applicability. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Satellite, in-transit, specie-specific and major generalised.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Rehabilitation protocols are explained as they apply to specific species of wildlife. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Identify relevant legislation regarding wildlife rehabilitation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Relevant legislation regarding wildlife rehabilitation is identified in terms of its applicability to a given situation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Legal scenarios are described regarding wildlife rehabilitation. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Identify types of wildlife most commonly admitted to wildlife rehabilitation centres. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The animals most commonly admitted into a rehabilitation centre are identified from historical statistics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The needs of primates are given for diet, behaviour and housing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The needs of non-primate mammals are given for diet, behaviour and housing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The needs of birds are given for diet, behaviour and housing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The needs of herpetofauna are given for diet, behaviour and housing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The needs of marine fauna are given for diet, behaviour and housing. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Demonstrate awareness of welfare concerns, basic hygiene and medical protocols within wildlife rehabilitation centres. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Areas of hygiene concern within a wildlife rehabilitation centre are identified and explained in terms of transmission of disease. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Basic procedures and treatments most commonly encountered at a wildlife rehabilitation centre are identified for specific species. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Examples of welfare issues commonly encountered with wild animals undergoing rehabilitation are given for specific species. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Evaluate the different release protocols at wildlife rehabilitation centres. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of pre-release assessments of animals is explained in terms of ensuring maximum survival in the wild. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Pre and post release protocols are explained for the different types of animals. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The need for post-release monitoring is explained in terms of improving overall rehabilitation. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Assessment of this unit standard should be contextual and practical.
  • Assessors and moderators must be registered with the relevant accredited ETQA.
  • Assessors should be in possession of a relevant qualification that is at least one level higher than the level of this unit standard or have at least 5 years relevant practical experience.
  • Training providers must be accredited by a relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment should include both formative and summative assessment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Ability to identify occupational health and safety matters and to know how to react on such. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems using critical and creative thinking when making decisions evaluating the condition of animals and their environments. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organising and managing oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively when preparing oneself for an inspection of a rehabilitation centre. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information when preparing explanations of types of animals and rehabilitation centres and, dietary, behavioural and housing needs of the different species. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual and language skills when defining, and explaining the difference between, wildlife sanctuaries and wildlife rehabilitation centres. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems when considering the kinds of welfare issues encountered at wildlife rehabilitation centres. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  65229   Further Education and Training Certificate: Animal Protection  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2012-06-30  LG SETA 


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