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Foundations of Wildlife Management and Conservation


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:

  • Wildlife management
  • African mammal behavior and ecology
  • Field ornithology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • 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.

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SFS 3500 Wildlife Management and Conservation 3 credits

Core Skills

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.

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.

Where You'll Be Living

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