summer session I


Primates of the African Savanna


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.

Major academic themes include:

  • Primate ecology
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Primate population dynamics
  • Human-wildlife conflicts
  • Primate social behavior and intelligence
  • Conservation strategies and challenges


On the Primates of the African Savanna 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 3151 Primate Behavioral Ecology in East Africa 4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: ethogram and primate monitoring techniques, water quality assessment, habitat management planning, social science interview and survey methods, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, scientific writing and presentation, and Swahili language skills.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities such as the vast savannas at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, national parks and wildlife management areas, ranches and farms, rural villages, acacia forests, baboon-inhabited Amboseli National Park, indigenous Maasai communities, rugged wilderness and peaks of the Chyulu Hills, and wildlife migratory corridors.

Spend your summer with SFS!

Get more out of your SFS experience when you take back-to-back summer sessions. More time to explore the ecosystems and communities, more time to learn about complex environmental issues, and more time to build practical skills. Each summer session focuses on a different topic, and you’ll have time to travel independently between sessions.

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