Step beyond the tourist experience during a semester in Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and graceful gazelles – 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 in the field with an in-depth research project.
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.
- Embark on a multi-day camping expedition in Serengeti National Park, attending field lectures on the behavior and migratory patterns of the park’s largest mammals
- Conduct research on lion and elephant ecology in Tarangire National Park, and visit Burunge Wildlife Management Area to learn about community-based tourism
- Take a two-week expedition to southern Kenya, including excursions to Amboseli National Park and the Ngulia Rhino Sanctuary
- Develop field skills including: GIS, wildlife census techniques, natural resource valuation, research design, data collection, scientific writing and presentation
- Conduct research in some of the following areas: Wildlife conservation, African large mammal behavior, carnivore ecology, human-wildlife conflict, climate change, community-based conservation