Agriculture is the mainstay of the Kenyan Economy.Agricultural activities that support
increasing human populations are currently based on 20 % of the high rainfall zone.The
arid and semi-arid fragile ecosystems constitute the remaining 80 % land surface of
marginal productivity.These fragile ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and characterized
by a myriad of terrestrial and marine wildlife, natural and physical scenic features and a
rich diversity in the social cultural heritage of the people.Wildlife based tourism has
dominated the tourism industry in the arid and semi-arid areas, however, the demand for
cropping land and other development activities threaten the future sustainability of
In view of the critical needs to resolve the escalating conflicts of interest between the
state and the local communities that have a stake in wildlife resources, there is need to
bolster both the consumptive and non-consumptive attributes of wildlife resources.This
will ensure that communities living with wildlife benefit from hosting wildlife in their
private property.Skilled manpower will be needed to implement new wildlife
consumptive and non-consumptive policies and provide key resource management,
advisory and research capacity to meet the needs of current and future challenges.
The wildlife management curriculum is designed to increase awareness of the importance
of wildlife economic activities viable mode of land use from marginal ecosystems.Laws
and policies related to wildlife protection, biodiversity conservation and consumptive
utilization of wildlife resources are presently inadequate and the existing ones do not
comprehensively provide for sustainability of wildlife biodiversity resources.Trained
wildlife resource persons are considered critical in the management of biodiversity based
wildlife resources.Professional capacity in integrated wildlife enterprise management is
vital in the provision of advisory services and overall conservation and enhancement of
wildlife based resources.
The programme will provide broad based and specialized training for students who wish
to develop careers in areas related to wildlife enterprise development and management,
resource use, protection and conservation of wildlife ecosystems.On completion of the
study programme, graduates will be able to:
i) provide advisory services on matters of wildlife resource use law and policy.
ii) carry out wildlife resource inventories and evaluate impacts of resource use
on sustainability of wildlife ecosystems.
iii) participate and provide leadership in the formulation of appropriate early
warning systems in respect of wildlife ecosystem change.
iv) venture in wildlife resource based entrepreneurship.
v) analyze and explain interactive relationships between humans and the
physical, biological and social environment and relate the emanating issues
to the sustainability and integrity of wildlife biodiversity.
vi) pursue graduate studies in wildlife resources management.
vii) provide wildlife consumptive and non-consumptive extension services.
To be eligible for admission into this programme, candidates must have attained at least a
mean grade of C+ at Kenya Certificate of Secondary EducationKCSE. level or other
equivalent examination or qualification recognized by the Egerton University Senate.
In addition, the candidates must have at least grade C in Mathematics, C+ in Biology or
B- in Biological Sciences, C in Chemistry, B- in Geography or History and Government,
and at least C+ in English or Kiswahili at K.C.S.E. Candidates with Diploma from
institutions recognized by Egerton University Senate will also be considered for
Course Structure and Duration
The programme shall cover four academic years of two semesters each. Each semester
shall consist of seventeen17. weeks, which comprises fifteen15. teaching weeks and two
weeks for examination. At the end year 3 semester 2, the students will undergo an eight-week field attachment.The duration for Diploma holders will depend on the number of
credit factors transferred as per the University regulations.
The coding for the courses offered in this programme is represented by WIEM followed
by a three-digit figure. The first digit represents the year in which the particular course is
offered. The second digit represents the discipline of study. For instance; 0-introductory
course, 1-principle courses, 2-ecology, 3-climate, 4-applied, 5-planning courses, 6-management, 7-policy, law and administration, 8-seminars, research and student projects,.
The third digit is the serial number of the course within that field. For example WIEM
101 is first year introductory course and the first in the series.
All examinations for the B Sc. in Wildlife Enterprise and Management shall be conducted
in accordance with examination regulations as stipulated in Egerton University Statute
The grading of examination for B Sc. in Wildlife Enterprise and Management shall be in
accordance with Egerton University Statute XXVIII.
To graduate with a B Sc. in Wildlife Enterprise and Management a student shall be
required to take and pass all required courses within the stipulated time.
The classification for B Sc. Wildlife Enterprise and Management shall be in accordance
with Egerton University Statute XXVIII for undergraduate students