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|Program Sponsor:||Field Studies|
|Who Can Apply?||TTU applicants only|
|Term||Year||TTU Application Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Summer I||2014||03/30/2014**||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Application acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis.
|Language of Instruction:||English|
|Field of Study:||Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, Humanities, International Studies, Zoology|
|Program Type:||Affiliate Program|
|Study Abroad Advisor:||Kenny Shatley|
|Scholarships Available:||Program Specific, Study Abroad Competitive Scholarship|
Northern Tanzania, home of world famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Arusha, Serengeti, as well as the Ngorongoro conservation area, offer a tightly packed hub of wildlife conservation. This magnificent setting on the Maasai Steppe will be our 'learning laboratory'. Expeditions to the national parks will be frequent. This area of Tanzania is extremely scenic and is the center of nature tourism in the East Africa region.
Traditional pastoralism is also practiced here in what has been the home of the Maasai and Iraqw people for centuries. Northern Tanzania is a place where members of local communities interact with wildlife on a daily basis. For these reasons, this area provides an excellent opportunity to examine some of the challenges and opportunities of conservation in Tanzania, including human-wildlife interaction.
Students will be exposed to a rich array of issues related to wildlife management and conservation, and in methods and practices in wildlife field research. Summer sessions are presented by SFS faculty and guests who have years of field experience and grounded knowledge of the area. Field lectures and field trips will comprise a critical component of this summer program.
OVERVIEWStudents learn about wildlife management practices and the complex issues involving sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of Tanzania. The course combines concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics, all of which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. During the course, students develop field skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common African large mammals.
BENEFITS OF TAKING BOTH COURSES
FIELD EXPEDITIONS AND EXERCISESLearn about social organization, basic taxonomy, and conservation status of charismatic large mammals in African savanna ecosystems; go on game drives in world famous national parks and conservation areas; practice field observation, game counting, and behavioral study techniques of savanna species
Students will stay at Moyo Hill Camp, our field station in Tanzania under The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies. Students will live in the Manyara area, about a 10 minutes drive from Lake Manyara National Park and a half hour from the famous Ngorongoro National Park. This wonderfully scenic area, world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife, is perched on an escarpment overlooking the Rift valley and the Ngorongoro Hills, with plenty of hiking trails to enjoy.
Students will have the opportunity to observe and conduct research in three geographical regions at various stages of development: Nakuru-Hell's Gate (a completely fenced park),
The diverse habitat surrounding our Kilimanjaro Bush Camp (KBC), which is close to the Tanzanian border and
Student interviews with local Maasai gather data on the priorities and challenges of addressing wildlife conservation among resource-constrained communities - a critical first step in developing integrated land-use strategies that will enable residents to derive optimal benefits from their land and forestall additional fragmentation of key wildlife areas.
While based at our National Park Camp, student research focuses on the needs of the wildlife, which are on protected land when in the Park, but on private land when in the dispersal area; and the needs of the people which are excluded from the Park but are exercising their rights as landowners to settle and cultivate, or develop industry on their land making up the dispersal area. This increased development around
SFS students are assisting the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) and managers of the park through a suite of research projects including: vegetation mapping; grazing and browsing impact surveys; large mammal population counts and distributions; educational facility upgrades; and human impact in the park.