summer session II


Carnivores of the African Plains


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. Read more about the SFS program model.

Major academic themes include:

  • Carnivore behavioral ecology
  • Predator-prey interactions
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Wildlife and natural resource management


On the Carnivores of the African Plains 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 3121 African Large Carnivores: Ecology and Conservation 4 credits

Core Skills

You will gain practical skills in the field such as: animal behavior observation, radio telemetry and camera trapping, species identification, wildlife census techniques, basic Swahili language skills, and quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

Field Sites

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

Fundamentals of Wildlife Management (Kenya & Tanzania Summer I)

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All program components are subject to change.

Where You'll Be Living

Learn to live the pole pole lifestyle at SFS’ Moyo Hill Camp. Surrounded by Tanzania’s world-famous national parks and wildlife, it’s the perfect base camp for expeditions into the field. 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.

  • Dorm living in 4-person bandas (cabins)
  • Classroom, library, and computer lab
  • Kitchen and dining hall, and on-site cooking staff
  • Volleyball, gazebo, fire pit, and lounge areas
  • Community soccer games and local running routes
  • Fleet of safari cruisers