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 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, research design and implementation, species identification, wildlife census techniques, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis, tourism impact assessment methods, research presentation, and Swahili language skills.

Field Sites

You will visit different ecosystems and communities which may include national parks and wildlife management areas, ranches and farms, rural villages, indigenous Iraqw, Hadzabe, and Maasai communities, freshwater wetlands around Lake Manyara, wildlife migratory corridors, the volcanic caldera of Ngorongoro, and the vast plains of the Serengeti.

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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All program components are subject to change.