The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies


Few places in the world are more iconic than the plains of Africa. In Tanzania, baobabs and acacia trees dot the horizon, while wildebeests stampede through the Serengeti on their Great Migration. The Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos – are all found here. Tanzania is also home to the Maasai and Iraqw tribes, some of the few remaining semi-nomadic tribes in East Africa.

This rich landscape faces many challenges, including habitat fragmentation and destruction, poaching threats, climate change impacts, and ever-increasing competition for limited natural resources. Our research focuses on understanding these impacts in order to develop sustainable solutions for conservation of natural resource and reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.



Wildlife Management Studies

Step beyond the tourist experience during a semester in Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and graceful gazelles – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester in the field with an...
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15 Weeks
18 Credits
Fall 2019

Aug 30 - Dec 8

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Spring 2020

Jan 27 - May 6


summer session I

Fundamentals of Wildlife Management

Spend your summer in the world-famous national parks of Northern Tanzania and interact with local communities to learn about sustainable wildlife conservation. Through hands-on field exercises and expeditions throughout the region, you’ll be on the ground studying protected areas management and community conservation efforts.
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04 Weeks
04 Credits
Summer 2019

Jun 3 - Jul 3

In The Field

Summer 2020

Jun 1 - Jul 1


summer session II

Carnivores of the African Plains

Tanzania is home to more than 35 species of carnivores, including the African lion, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog – all of which are on the IUCN Red List. Study the behavioral ecology and conservation challenges facing these incredible creatures, while observing some of Africa’s largest remaining carnivore guilds up close.
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04 Weeks
04 Credits
Summer 2019

Jul 8 - Aug 7

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Summer 2020

Jul 6 - Aug 5


Life In The Field

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, on-site cooking staff
  • Volleyball, gazebo, fire pit, and lounge areas
  • Community soccer games and local running routes
Click here to read stories from students, staff and faculty in the field

Everyone had the chance to see lions, elephants, giraffes, cheetahs, and many other iconic species up close! The diversity and density of large mammal species within Tarangire was absolutely stunning.

Ashlyn Heniff
Purdue University


Research at the SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies focuses on wildlife and natural resource conservation and exploring solutions to conflict between humans and wildlife. Students explore the national parks, conservation areas, and critical migratory corridors as well as communities of the Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe to assess the drivers of habitat degradation and the impacts of human development.

Our research focuses primarily on the following themes:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • African large mammal behavior
  • Carnivore ecology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Climate change impacts
  • Community-based conservation

Environmental Issues

Our Centers are strategically located in regions facing critical environmental issues. Students and faculty study these issues and collect data to help facilitate sustainable responses. In Tanzania, we’re currently investigating the following issues:

Climate Change
Biodiversity Conservation
Land Use Change
Community Resource Management
Environmental Policy
Natural Resource & Water Management
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The Local Community

SFS is an active part of the local community – especially in the villages of Rhotia, Karatu, and Mto Wa Mbu. Students spend the day with a local family, attend cultural festivals and other community events, visit village markets, and enjoy soccer games with the locals. SFS research data is shared with the community, local NGOs, and the Tanzanian government.

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