Semester

Water, Wildlife, and Community

Kenya

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Get into the field!

Sustainable development, climate change adaptation, and the survival of life itself all depend on one thing – water. Spend a semester exploring the national parks and communities of Kenya while studying Earth’s most important resource. Learn how issues of water quality and access are affecting Kenya’s wildlife and people, and discover the causes of these threats, which range from poorly planned, rapid development to global climate change. Get up close and personal with the country’s endemic wildlife, including lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, and primates, and study Kenya’s robust global tourism industry. Meet the nomadic Maasai people and learn about their struggles to balance ecosystem conservation with their traditional lifestyles and a growing need for natural resources. Wrap up your semester by heading into the field and collecting data for your own research project on issues of ecology, resource management, and socioeconomic development in Kenya.

This program includes a two-week excursion to northern Tanzania including expeditions to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Language:
All coursework is taught in English; 2-credit Swahili Language & Culture course
Credits:
18
Prerequisites:
One semester of college-level ecology, biology, or environmental studies/science

Semester


Location

Kimana, Rift Valley - Kenya


Spring 2019

January 28 - May 8

Open


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Price

Tuition:

$17,450

Room & Board:

$4,950


?   Total Cost:

$22,400

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Academics

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What You'll Study


  • Wildlife identification
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Rangeland assessment
  • Water and natural resource management
  • Community governance of protected areas
  • Biodiversity conservation
  • Diverse conservation strategies

What You'll Practice


  • Natural resource valuation
  • Wildlife census techniques
  • Water quality assessment
  • Interview and survey methods
  • Quantitative & qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Research design and implementation
  • Scientific writing and presentation
  • Language (Swahili)

Student Research Projects


  • Impacts of climate change on biodiversity and human adaptation strategies among rural communities
  • Maasai community perceptions of and participation in conservation efforts
  • Mitigation strategies in human-wildlife conflict over water resources
  • Impact of humans and large mammals such as elephants on plant communities


LEARN MORE

Center for Water and Wildlife Studies


Kenya

Students attending this program will be based at the SFS Center for Water and Wildlife Studies in Kimana. Click here to find out more about the Center and life at the field station.

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