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Wildlife and Ecology in Kimana, Kenya

  • City: Kimana 
  • Term: Fall, Winter, Spring/Summer 
  • Instruction in: English

Requirements: One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science (semester program only)
Students interested in Environment; Earth and Environmental Sciences; Sustainability; Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity (EEB) 

Semester: In the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya, students study the country’s diverse wildlife – from colossal elephants to the endangered black rhinoceros – and approaches to conservation. In the Great Rift Valley, see how climate change and land-use changes are negatively affecting Kenya’s ecosystems and those living in them. Research the root causes of these changes and how different conservation strategies can benefit both humans and wildlife. Students also do a two-week expedition to Tanzania.

Summer Session 1:  The world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are your classrooms. Through safari drives and field excursions, study wildlife found nowhere else on the planet – in person. Discuss different approaches to wildlife management and conservation, and learn about traditional knowledge and culture from Maasai and other community groups. Includes a multi-day camping expedition to Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park.

Summer Session 2: Primates are some of the most intelligent species on the planet and a fascinating case study on animal behavior. Venture into Kenya’s national parks to study these complex, social creatures. Through field observations and research, learn about the ecology and behavior of Syke’s, colobus, and vervet monkeys, bush babies, and yellow and olive baboons as well as human-wildlife conflict and conservation issues. Includes an overnight camping expedition to Tsavo National Park to observe primates, elephants, wildebeests, and carnivores in their natural habitat.