This was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had. It has been incredible to experience so many types of East African landscapes, animals, and cultures. This has definitely been a program that has changed my life, and I will never forget the things I've learned and the people I've met.
— Amanda Borkowski, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Summer ‘15
Northern Tanzania, home of world-famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, offers a tightly packed hub for wildlife conservation and tourism opportunities amid a growing human population and development activities. This magnificent setting on the Maasai steppe is our classroom. Expeditions to the national parks and other protected areas offer students significant opportunities to experience hands-on learning about environmental issues and a suite of strategies for resolving them.
Students learn about the complexities of sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of northern Tanzania. The course combines concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics, all of which are components of effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. In this course, students develop field skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common large African mammals. Central to this first summer session is the understanding and evaluation of protected areas management in the region. Students learn methods of conserving wildlife both inside and outside protected areas amidst a rapidly changing socioeconomic and political environment.
- Observe wildlife in parks and protected areas which may include Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Serengeti National Park
- Learn methods of conserving wildlife both inside and outside protected areas amid a rapidly changing socioeconomic and political environment
- Examine constraints to the conservation of wildlife among resource-poor rural populations and identify key aspects of human-wildlife conflicts
SUMMER COMBINED: SESSIONS I + II
This summer course can be taken individually (4 credits) or in combination with Session II: Techniques for Wildlife Field Research (8 credits). The combined summer program provides a thorough introduction to community wildlife management and the research methods routinely used to assess wildlife ecology. Students participating in both sessions receive a $1,000 discount.
Students live at Moyo Hill Camp (MHC) in Tanzania’s Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem between Lake Manyara National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This wonderfully scenic area is world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife. MHC is a fenced facility nestled among maize plantations and other crop fields. Students reside among the native acacia and fig trees, and birdsong fills the air in the morning. The camp consists of multiple buildings including an administrative block; a chumba, which serves as an eating and social activity center; a classroom and library; and a computer room. MHC is part of the small community of Rhotia where students can enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at MHC.