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Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania

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  • City: Rhotia
  • Term: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Instruction in: English
  • Requirements: Semester:One semester of college-level Ecology, Biology, or Environmental Studies; Summer: No academic prerequisites
  • Students interested in: Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences; EEB, Environment, Sustainability, Swahili Language 

Semester: Step beyond the tourist experience and learn about the ecology and behavior of Tanzania’s varied wildlife while earning up to 18 credits. Experience the culture and traditions of tribal communities on this 15-week program focusing on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project. Learn and use field research techniques such as big game tracking, game counts and vegetation monitoring. Camp in the Serengeti National Park. Participate in a 2-week excursion to Kenya. Courses include Intro to Swahili Language and East African Tribal Communities; Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values; Techniques in Wildlife Management, Wildlife Ecology, and Directed Research.

Summer: Students choose between 2 sessions on this 4-week program where they can either select to take a course in Wildlife Management and Conservation OR African Large Carnivores: Ecology and Conservation. Through hands-on field exercises and expeditions, study protected area management and community conservation efforts OR study the behavioral ecology and conservation challenges facing these animals, while observing some of Africa’s largest remaining carnivore groups close up.

Students can also choose both options and turn their summer experience into an 8-week, 8-credit program.