summer session I


Fundamentals of Wildlife Management


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 Tanzania. Read more about the SFS program model.

Major academic themes include:

  • Behavioral ecology
  • Field ornithology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Community conservation approaches
  • Wildlife and natural resource management policies


On the Fundamentals of Wildlife Management 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.

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SFS 3500 Wildlife Management and Conservation 4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: animal behavior observation, environmental impacts assessment, species identification, wildlife census techniques, natural resource management planning, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, tourism impact assessment methods, and basic Swahili language skills.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities including Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Manyara National Park, Maasai and other Indigenous communities, rural villages, freshwater wetlands, acacia forests, wildlife migratory corridors, and ranches and farms.

Go Deeper this Summer!

Summer sessions are designed to make back-to-back sessions possible for students who want the in-depth experience of internship-level training, while going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to rest and travel independently between sessions.

Carnivores of the African Plains (Tanzania Summer II)
Elephants of the African Savanna (Kenya Summer II)

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All program components are subject to change.

Where You'll Be Living

Learn to live the pole pole lifestyle at SFS’ Moyo Hill Camp. Surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. Campus is reminiscent of summer camp, with plenty of outdoor and communal spaces, while the small, friendly community of Rhotia is a short walk away.

  • Dorm living in 4-person bandas (cabins)
  • Classroom, library, and computer lab
  • Kitchen and dining hall, and on-site cooking staff
  • Volleyball, gazebo, fire pit, and lounge areas
  • Community soccer games and local running routes
  • Fleet of safari cruisers