Foundations of Wildlife Management and Conservation
Kimana, Southern Kenya near Amboseli National Park
WINTER 2021 PROGRAM UPDATE: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SFS has suspended all Winter 2021 programs. Students interested in this program are welcome to apply now for Winter 2022 or consider a spring or summer program. Check out the Kenya Center page to see other programs offered at this location.
Spend your winter break exploring the rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes of Kenya where world-famous national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and protected areas are your classroom. Explore the complexity of sustainable wildlife conservation including learning how the Maasai and other communities interact with wildlife and nature. Conduct animal behavior observations on safari drives where you’ll see a range of iconic African species.
Embark on multi-day camping expeditions to both Amboseli National Park and Chyulu Hills and Tsavo West, attend field lectures, and hone your wildlife observation skills on species such as elephants, lions, hippos, and other wildlife.
Program Costs & Financial Aid
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SFS provides a comprehensive study abroad experience during a 6-day/week program schedule. SFS delivers the highest level of support and an unparalleled academic experience.
In addition to SFS program costs, students should plan for some additional expenses estimated
Round-trip airfare: $2,400
Visa & Permit Fees: $50
Medical costs (varies): $800
Personal spending: $400
Total Additional Expenses: $3,850
All students are welcome to apply for our need-based financial aid. Students who exhibit financial need for their program will be offered SFS financial aid. SFS aid is offered through a combination of scholarships, grants and loans.
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Amy was raised in Old Saybrook, Connecticut. She joined the SFS team after graduating in 2010 from Boston University with a degree in environmental analysis and policy. Her life-long passion for the environment and exploration was piqued by her own personal experience with SFS while participating in the Summer 2009 Session in Kenya, where she and her fellow classmates studied the national parks near Nairobi and Lake Nakuru and their relationship with the surrounding communities. Her study abroad experience enriched her passion and interest in the environment and society’s role in its conservation, and she is excited to help students benefit in the same way.
Itinerary varies from term to term and is subject to change. Program activities take place 6 days a week with one day free.
Week 1: Welcome to Kenya! Move into your bandas (cabins), meet your roommates and the SFS staff, and attend program orientation. Intro lectures on primary wildlife species, environmental and conservation issues, history of wildlife management in Kenya, and human impacts on natural resources in the region. Visit nearby Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary and a Maasai boma (homestead).
Week 2: Learn about the ecology and behavior of elephants, primates, and birds with lectures on conservation area planning, wildlife-livestock interactions, community-based conservation, and poaching practices. Take a multi-day camping trip to Amboseli National Park to observe wildlife behavior, practice species ID, and collect ecological data. Return to the SFS Center.
Week 3: Multi-day camping expedition to Chyulu Hills-Tsavo Conservation Area. Field lectures on watershed ecosystems, protected areas management, human-elephant conflicts, wildlife conservation, and tourism activities. Review a case study on integrating wildlife conservation and human development then create and present a natural resource management plan. Final exam. Re-entry exercises and closing activities. Head home.
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.
Major academic themes include:
African mammal behavior and ecology
Community governance of protected areas
Natural resource conservation
On the Foundations of Wildlife Management and Conservation program, you will take one 3-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.
SFS 3500 Wildlife Management and Conservation (3 credits)
is a course that exposes students to wildlife management practices and the complex social and economic issues surrounding sustainable wildlife conservation in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem of Kenya. Students explore a vast array of concepts and principles in ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics, which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation.
You will gain practical skills in the field such as: terrestrial biodiversity assessments and survey techniques, species ID and population monitoring, animal behavior observation, conservation strategy assessments, protected areas assessments, human development impact assessments, scientific writing and communication.
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.
The Center lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Our sprawling, grassy campus includes thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana.
Dorm living with four-person bandas
Classroom, library, and study spaces
Kitchen and dining hall, and on-site cooking staff
Stunning views of Mt. Kilimanjaro from campus
Nature trails and tree garden on campus
Volleyball, soccer, Frisbee, and fire pit
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