summer session II


Carnivores of the African Plains (Kenya)


This academically rigorous program follows a six-day/week schedule. The interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to help students actively discover and understand the complexities of environmental, social, and economic issues in Kenya. Read more about the SFS program model.

Major academic themes include:

  • Carnivore behavioral ecology
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Wildlife and natural resource management


On the Carnivores of the African Plains program, you will take one 4-credit course. This course is participatory in nature and is designed to foster inquiry and active learning combining lectures, field exercises, assignments, and tests. This course is taught in English.

Click on the course to view a description and download a sample syllabus from the Tanzania-based version of this program

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: animal behavior observation, radio telemetry and camera trapping, species identification, wildlife census techniques, basic Swahili language skills, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include the vast savannas at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, national parks and other wildlife conservation areas (community sanctuaries, Maasai ranches) in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem, Maasai communities, rugged wilderness and peaks of the Chyulu Hills, and wildlife migratory corridors.

A summer with SFS!

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session (effective for Summer 2020).

Fundamentals of Wildlife Management (Kenya Summer I)

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All program components are subject to change.

Where You'll Be Living

The Center lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, nestled between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Students and staff live on a sprawling, grassy campus made up of traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana.

  • Dorm living with 4-person bandas
  • Chumba contains classroom, computer lab, and study spaces
  • Kitchen and dining hall, on-site cooking staff
  • Campus offers amazing views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • One-mile running trail on campus
  • Volleyball, soccer, Frisbee, and fire pit