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Tanzania: Wildlife Management Studies (SFS)


Todd Heidt

Director, Eleanor Stellyes Center for Global Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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In this SFS program, you will s pend a semester with Tanzania’s charismatic wildlife – from magnificent lions and elephants to thunderous herds of wildebeest and graceful gazelles – as you learn about their ecology and behavior. You will experience the rich culture and traditions of the Maasai, Iraqw, and Hadzabe tribal communities while collaborating on issues of human-wildlife conflict and climate change. You will finish up the semester by heading into the field to conduct an extensive research project in the country’s world-famous national parks and conservation areas.

The Center for Wildlife Management Studies is located on the escarpment of Tanzania’s Great Rift Valley, the Center is situated near critical savanna ecosystems. Within a short drive from the Center are Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, as well as many community conservation areas and wildlife migration corridors.

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:

  • Wildlife conservation
  • African large mammal behavior
  • Carnivore ecology and field ornithology
  • Human-wildlife conflict
  • Habitat assessments
  • Climate change impacts
  • Community-based conservation of protected areas

On the Wildlife Management Studies program, you will take three 4-credit disciplinary courses, one 2-credit language and culture course, and a 4-credit capstone Directed Research course. Courses are participatory in nature and are designed to foster inquiry and active learning. Each course combines lectures, field exercises, assignments, tests, and research. All courses are taught in English.

Learn more about the T anzania: Wildlife Management Studies program (SFS).

Credit:  4.5 for the fall or spring semester

Advisors: Professors Katherine Adelsberger, Jennifer Templeton and Jim Mountjoy

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