Wildlife Management Studies
August 27 - December 5
January 28 - May 8
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The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania is a hub of research where SFS students and faculty collaborate with local stakeholders to investigate issues of conservation and human-wildlife conflict in the nearby communities and protected areas.
Located on the escarpment of Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, the Center is situated amidst some of the most critical savanna ecosystems in the world. Within a short drive from the Center are Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, as well as many community conservation areas and wildlife migratory corridors and dispersal areas.
August 27 - December 5
January 28 - May 8
June 4 - July 4
July 9 - August 8
Tanzania/Kenya Fall '10
I would tell every prospective SFS student to never give up on themselves or their goals.
Jacalyn is currently a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University and working in the RECaP Lab (Research on the Ecology of Carnivores and their Prey ). She returned to Tanzania this summer to investigate how cows and other livestock alter their behavior in locations of high predation risk.Read More
The Center for Wildlife Management Studies is situated amidst Tanzania’s national parks, conservation areas, and critical migratory corridors and dispersal areas for wildlife species such as elephant, wildebeest, giraffe, and zebra. These areas are also home to communities including Maasai, Iraqw, Hadzabe, and other groups whose rapidly changing lifestyles and growing populations now pose a challenge to the long-term conservation of wildlife and other natural resources.
Research at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies focuses on the drivers of habitat degradation and land-use change and direct exploitation of natural resources, as well as their implications for wildlife conservation and local economies. Faculty and student researchers work with members of the community to evaluate the management of wildlife and other natural resources, producing data that are essential for the coexistence of humans, livestock, and wildlife, and thus to a sustainable future for Tanzania.
Kiffner, C., Hopper, R., & Kioko, J. (2016). Trends in seasonal population densities of wildlife species in Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. African Journal of Ecology, 54(3), 383-388.
Koziarski, A., Kissui, B., & Kiffner, C. (2016). Patterns and correlates of perceived conflict between humans and large carnivores in Northern Tanzania. Biological Conservation, 199, 41-50.
Okello, M. M., & Novelli, M. (2014). Tourism in the East African Community (EAC): Challenges, opportunities, and ways forward. Tourism and Hospitality Research, 14(1-2), 53-66. Historic-Kenya
I could not have asked for more exciting adventures in the field.
Having been in Moyo Hill for almost two months now and having explored several of the best parks in the country, I can attest that they are some of the most incredible places in the world. From the breathtaking views of the Great Rift Valley, to being a trunk’s-length distance from a herd of wild elephants, I could not have asked for more exciting adventures in the field.Hayley Benson
The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies works closely with local community members, governmental bodies, non-governmental agencies, and other conservation partners. Local community members and government officials play an important role in guiding the Center’s research strategy. With the results of our research, we offer data and recommendations to community stakeholders, working collaboratively to help monitor and manage habitat degradation and land-use changes while finding balance between economic and conservation goals.
Additionally, our students often enjoy soccer games, day-stays, cultural festivals, and other events with community members. Students participate in volunteer projects in local schools, attend village markets, and interview members of the community as part of their research.
Students live at Moyo Hill Camp, a fenced facility nestled among native trees, surrounded by maize plantations and other crop fields. The area is world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife. The camp is part of the small community of Rhotia, where students enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at the Center.
May 4, 2018