summer session II


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
  • Wildlife management
  • Primate social behavior and intelligence
  • Habitat fragmentation
  • Primate population dynamics
  • 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, GIS, radio telemetry and camera trapping, Swahili language skills, social science interview and survey methods, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, scientific writing, and research presentation.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include: the vast savannas at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, national parks and wildlife management areas in the Amboseli-Tsavo ecosystem, ranches and farms, rural villages, acacia forests, the Amboseli Baboon Research Project, Indigenous Maasai communities, rugged wilderness and peaks of the Chyulu Hills, and wildlife migratory corridors.

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).

Fundamentals of Wildlife Management (Kenya+Tanzania Summer I)

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All program components are subject to change.