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 Kenya. 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
  • Maasai Ethnobotany
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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 the vast savannas at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Amboseli National Park and Kimana Wildlife Sanctuary, Maasai and other Indigenous communities, rural villages, freshwater wetlands, acacia forests, wildlife migratory corridors, and ranches and farms.

Go Deeper this Summer!

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while going off the beaten path and exploring the world. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions.

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

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All program components are subject to change.

Where You'll Be Living

The Center lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, nestled between three world-famous national parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna, replete with a diversity of wildlife. Students and staff live on a sprawling, grassy campus made up of traditional thatched bandas (cabins) and a central chumba (main building), just down the road from the small town of Kimana.

  • Dorm living in 4-person bandas (cabins)
  • Chumba contains classroom, computer lab, and study spaces
  • Kitchen and dining hall, on-site cooking staff
  • Campus offers amazing views of Mt. Kilimanjaro
  • One-mile running trail on campus
  • Volleyball, soccer, Frisbee, and fire pit

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