SFS TANZANIA: WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT STUDIES (SEMESTER)
- Terms: Fall, Spring
- Credits: 18 semester-hour credits
- Prerequisites: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science, 2.7 GPA, 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Fall: May 1st. Spring: November 1st. Early applications encouraged
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
Step beyond a tourist experience in East Africa. Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project.
- Embark on a multi-day camping expedition in Serengeti National Park, attending field lectures on the behavior and migratory patterns of the park’s magnificent wildlife.
- Learn about elephant and lion ecology in Tarangire National Park and visit Burunge Wildlife Management Area to learn about community-based conservation.
- Embark on a 2-week expedition to the nearby SFS Center in Kenya. Stay at our Kilimanjaro Bush Camp (KBC) site and spend time in Amboseli National Park and Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary. This includes a 4-day/3-night camping expedition to Chuyulu Hills or Tsavo National Park.
- Conduct a comprehensive field research project: Develop a research question, collect and analyze data, write a paper, and present your findings.
SFS students live and study at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Known locally as “Moyo Hill Camp” and surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. Campus is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor and communal spaces, while the small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away.
- Wildlife conservation
- Climate change impacts
- African large mammal behavior and ecology
- Field ornithology
- Human-wildlife conflict
- Habitat assessments
- Community-based conservation
- Reptile ecology and conservation
- Habitat and biodiversity assessment
- Species identification and wildlife census techniques
- Animal behavior observation
- Natural resource valuation
- Radio telemetry
- Bird species identification
- Basic Swahili language
- Research design and implementation
- Data collection and analysis
- Research presentation
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