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SFS: Tanzania Wildlife Management Studies (summer) (Third Party)

The Program

Northern Tanzania, home of world-famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, offers a tightly packed hub for wildlife conservation and tourism opportunities amid a growing human population and development activities. This magnificent setting on the Maasai steppe is our classroom.

Expeditions to the national parks and other protected areas offer students significant opportunities to experience hands-on learning about environmental issues and a suite of strategies for resolving them. Students learn about the complexities of sustainable wildlife conservation in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem of northern Tanzania. The course combines concepts and principles of ecology, natural resource management, and socioeconomics, all of which are components of effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. In this course, students develop field skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common large African mammals.

Central to this first summer session is the understanding and evaluation of protected areas management in the region. Students learn methods of conserving wildlife both inside and outside protected areas amidst a rapidly changing socioeconomic and political environment. In addition, they examine constraints to the conservation of wildlife among resource-poor rural populations and identify key aspects of human-wildlife conflicts.

The Academics

  • Learn 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 basic skills in field techniques such as animal identification and behavioral ecology of larger African wild mammals, vegetation and wildlife sampling, social surveys and participatory methods
  • Visit local villages and group ranches to understand local organizational components and community dynamics related to the challenges of rural livelihood and wildlife conservation
  • Develop recommendations and potential solutions to conservation challenges in Tarargire-Lake Manyara ecosystem
  • Travel on field lectures to study changing land uses among pastoral communities and implications of these to wildlife and environmental conservation

This summer course can be taken individually (4 credits) or in combination with Session II: Techniques for Wildlife Field Research (8 credits). The combined summer program provides a thorough introduction to community wildlife management and the research methods routinely used to assess wildlife ecology. Students participating in both sessions receive a $1,000 discount.

In order to earn credit at UConn for courses completed on this program, individual courses must be approved by a designated UConn course evaluator and assigned a UConn course number. Complete instructions for this process can be found under Academics.

Important!
This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below, go to the horizontal navigation bar on the Education Abroad homepage; click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.

General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution.  For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.

 Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
NRE 3345 Wildlife Management Techniques SFS 3710 Techniques in Wildlife Management 4 12/31/2020
NRE 1315 + NRE 3693 Introductory Wildlife Ecology and Conservation + Foreign Study SFS 3720 Wildlife Ecology 3 + 1 12/31/2020
NRE 4689 Undergraduate Research in Natural Resources SFS 4910 Directed Research 4 12/31/2020

The Experience

Students live at Moyo Hill Camp (MHC) in Tanzania’s Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem between Lake Manyara National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This wonderfully scenic area is world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife. MHC is a fenced facility nestled among maize plantations and other crop fields. Students reside among the native acacia and fig trees, and birdsong fills the air in the morning. The camp consists of multiple buildings including an administrative block, achumba, which serves as an eating and social activity center, a classroom and library, and a computer room. MHC is part of the small community of Rhotia where students can enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at MHC.

Finances

Certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking on the link below.

Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

Budget Sheets: Summer
The Details

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2018 02/20/2018 02/27/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Agriculture, Public Health, Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required:
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.6