Region: Africa


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Center for Wildlife and Water Studies


In the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of life. Charismatic species such as elephants, lions, zebras, hippos, and giraffes roam this landscape, using wildlife corridors to move between national parks, sanctuaries, and protected areas. The wildlife share this region with the pastoralist Maasai people whose communities have been here for hundreds of years.

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Center for Wildlife Management Studies


The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania is a hub of research where SFS students and faculty collaborate with local stakeholders to investigate issues of conservation and human-wildlife conflict in the nearby communities and protected areas.

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Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience


Spend your semester in the world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya, studying the country’s diverse wildlife – from colossal elephants to the endangered black rhinoceros – and approaches to conservation. Here, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley, climate change and natural resource availability are affecting Kenya’s ecosystems and those living in them. Research the root causes of these changes and how different conservation strategies can benefit... Learn More

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Spring 2021

Jan 26 - May 8

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Fall 2021

Aug 31 - Dec 11

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Foundations of Wildlife Management and Conservation


Spend your winter break exploring the rich biodiversity and stunning landscapes of Kenya where world-famous national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, and protected areas are your classroom. Explore the complexity of sustainable wildlife conservation including learning how the Maasai and other communities interact with wildlife and nature. Conduct animal behavior observations on safari drives where you’ll see a range of iconic African species. Learn More

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Winter 2021

Dec 28 - Jan 15

Closed

Winter 2022

Dec 27 - Jan 14

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Fundamentals of Wildlife Management


Kenya + Tanzania. In this two-country summer study abroad program, the world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are your classrooms. Through safari drives and field excursions, study wildlife found nowhere else on the planet – in person. Discuss different approaches to wildlife management and conservation, and learn about traditional knowledge and culture from Maasai and other community groups. Learn More

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Summer 2021

May 31 - Jun 30

Open

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Primates of the African Savanna


Primates are some of the most intelligent species on the planet and a fascinating case study on animal behavior. During this summer study abroad program, venture into Kenya’s national parks to study these complex, social creatures. Through field observations and research, learn about the ecology and behavior of Syke’s, colobus, and vervet monkeys, bush babies, and yellow and olive baboons as well as human-wildlife conflict and conservation issues. Learn More

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Summer 2021

Jul 5 - Aug 4

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Wildlife Management Studies


Explore the iconic landscapes of Tanzania. Meet the country’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and zebras – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. Experience the rich culture and traditions of Tanzania’s Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. Finish the semester with an in-depth field research project. Learn More

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Spring 2021

Jan 25 - May 7

Closed

Fall 2021

Aug 30 - Dec 10

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Carnivores of the African Plains


Tanzania is home to more than 35 species of carnivores, including the African lion, cheetah, leopard, and wild dog – all of which are on the IUCN Red List. In this summer study abroad program, you'll look at the behavioral ecology and conservation challenges facing these incredible creatures, while observing some of Africa’s largest remaining carnivore guilds up close. Learn More

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Summer 2021

Jul 5 - Aug 4

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