Northern Tanzania, home of world famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Serengeti, as well as the Ngorongoro conservation area, offer a tightly packed hub of wildlife conservation. This magnificent setting on the Maasai Steppe will be our "learning laboratory." Expeditions to the national parks will be frequent. This area of Tanzania is extremely scenic and is the center of nature tourism in the East Africa region.
Traditional pastoralism is also practiced here in what has been the home of the Maasai and Iraqw people for centuries. Northern Tanzania is a place where members of local communities interact with wildlife on a daily basis. For these reasons, this area provides an excellent opportunity to examine some of the challenges and opportunities of conservation in Tanzania, including human-wildlife interaction.Students will be exposed to a rich array of issues related to wildlife management and conservation, and in methods and practices in wildlife field research. Summer sessions are presented by SFS faculty and guests who have years of field experience and grounded knowledge of the area. Field lectures and field trips will comprise a critical component of this summer program.
This program changed the way I thought about environmentalism, wildlife management, and what ‘conservation’ means in different countries. It has significantly shaped what I want to do with my life; I would not be the same person I am today without my summer abroad with SFS.
— Alexandra Klimko, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer ‘13
Students learn about wildlife management practices and the complex issues involving sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of Tanzania. The course combines concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics, all of which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. In this course, students develop field skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common African large mammals.
Central to this first summer session is the understanding and evaluation of protected areas management in the region. Students learn methods to examine the complexities of conserving wildlife both inside and outside protected areas amidst a rapidly changing socioeconomic and political environment. In addition, they examine constraints to the conservation of wildlife among resource-poor rural populations and identify key aspects of human-wildlife conflicts.
FIELD EXPEDITIONS AND EXERCISES
- Learn about social organization, basic taxonomy, and conservation status of charismatic large mammals in African savanna ecosystems
- Go on game drives in world-famous national parks and conservation areas
- Practice field observation, game counting, and behavioral study techniques of savanna species
- Visit local villages and group ranches to understand local organizational components and community dynamics related to the challenges of rural livelihood and wildlife conservation; develop recommendations and potential solutions to conservation challenges in Tarargire-Lake Manyara ecosystem
- Travel on field lectures to study changing land uses among pastoral communities and implications of these to wildlife and environmental conservation
BENEFITS OF TAKING BOTH COURSES
This summer course can be taken individually or in combination with Techniques for Wildlife Field Research in Tanzania (Session II). Session I may also be taken in combination with Public Health and Environment in Kenya (Session II).
- Students participating in two summer courses in Kenya or Tanzania are eligible for a $1,000 discount.
- Students earn 8 credits
- Home school financial aid may be applied toward the program. Earning 8 credits likely will allow students to qualify for federal financial aid, depending on their particular situation.
- There are no prerequisites
- Possible SFS travel grants may apply for airfare
Students will stay at Moyo Hill Camp, our field station in Tanzania under The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Students will live in the Manyara area, about a 10 minutes drive from Lake Manyara National Park and a half hour from the famous Ngorongoro National Park. This wonderfully scenic area, world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife, is perched on an escarpment overlooking the Rift valley and the Ngorongoro Hills, with plenty of hiking trails to enjoy.