summer session I

Kenya | Tanzania

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 and Tanzania.

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 in both countries such as Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Manyara National Park, 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.

A summer with SFS!

Take back-to-back summer sessions and get the hands-on learning and skill-building experiences of an internship, while also 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. Receive a $1,000 discount on your second session (effective for Summer 2020).

Primates of the African Savanna (Kenya Summer II)

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Life in the Field

Learn to live the pole pole lifestyle at SFS’ East Africa Centers. In Tanzania, 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. In Kenya, the snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro can be seen from the sprawling, grassy campus that is just down the road from Kimana. Both are the perfect base for expeditions into the surrounding national parks and conservation areas.

  • Dorm living in 4-person bandas (cabins)
  • Classroom and study spaces
  • Kitchen and dining hall, on-site cooking staff
  • On-site activities such as volleyball, soccer, Frisbee, and running routes
  • Lounge areas including a gazebo and fire pit
  • Fleet of safari cruisers

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