TANZANIA SUMMER II: CARNIVORES OF THE AFRICAN PLAINS
Session II: SFS 3121 African Large Carnivores: Ecology and Conservation (4 credits)
- Location: Rhotia, Maasai Steppe, Tanzania
- Term: Summer Session II
- Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
- Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
- Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
- Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans
Wildlife conservation, African large mammal behavior, carnivore ecology, human-wildlife conflict, climate change, community-based conservation
GIS, wildlife census techniques, natural resource valuation, research design, data collection, scientific writing and presentation\
Few places in the world are more iconic than the plains of Africa. In Tanzania, baobabs and acacia trees dot the horizon, while wildebeests stampede through the Serengeti on their Great Migration. The Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos – are all found here. Tanzania is also home to the Maasai and Iraqw tribes, some of the few remaining semi-nomadic tribes in East Africa.
This rich landscape faces many challenges, including habitat fragmentation and destruction, poaching threats, climate change impacts, and ever-increasing competition for limited natural resources. Our research focuses on understanding these impacts in order to develop sustainable solutions for conservation of natural resource and reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.
Learn to live the pole pole lifestyle at the SFS 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.
Tanzania is home to more than 35 species of carnivores, including the African lion, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog – all of which are on the IUCN Red List. Study the behavioral ecology and conservation challenges facing these incredible creatures, while observing some of Africa’s largest remaining carnivore guilds up close.
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