Center for Wildlife Management Studies


Few places in the world are more iconic than the African savanna. In Tanzania, baobabs and acacia trees dot the horizon, while wildebeest 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, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribes, all of whom have rich cultural traditions and strong ties to the land.

Tanzania has made progress in protecting its large populations of charismatic wildlife, but this rich landscape faces many challenges. Our research focuses on understanding the impacts of climate change, habitat fragmentation, and competition for resources and promotes successful coexistence between humans and the country’s incredible wildlife.



Wildlife Management Studies

Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – 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 with an in-depth field research project.
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15 Weeks
18 Credits
Fall 2020

Aug 31 - Dec 11


Spring 2021

Jan 25 - May 7


Fall 2021

Aug 30 - Dec 10


summer session I

Fundamentals of Wildlife Management

Kenya + Tanzania. In this two-country summer study abroad program, the world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are your classrooms. Through safari drives and field excursions, study wildlife found nowhere else on the planet – in person. Discuss different approaches to wildlife management and conservation, and learn about traditional knowledge and culture from Maasai and other community groups.
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04 Weeks
04 Credits
Summer 2021

May 31 - Jun 30


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. In this summer study abroad program, you'll look at 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 2020

Jul 6 - Aug 5


Summer 2021

Jul 5 - Aug 4


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, and on-site cooking staff
  • Volleyball, gazebo, fire pit, and lounge areas
  • Community soccer games and local running routes
  • Fleet of safari cruisers
Click here to read stories and tips from students, staff, and faculty on our blog

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 management, natural resource conservation, community socioeconomics and development, and solutions to human-wildlife conflict. Students explore national parks, conservation areas, and critical migratory corridors to study Tanzania’s wildlife populations firsthand, and work with Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities to examine current socioeconomic issues and environmental conservation challenges.

Our research focuses primarily on the following themes:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • Climate change impacts
  • African large mammal behavior
  • Carnivore ecology
  • One Health concept
  • Reptile ecology and conservation
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • 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 and volleyball games with the locals. SFS research data is shared with community members, NGOs, and the Tanzanian government through community research presentations.