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SFS: Tanzania Wildlife Management Studies (Third Party)

The Program

Northern Tanzania is a hub of wildlife tourism. Home to world-famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this remarkably scenic area is the center of tourism in East Africa. It has also been the home of the Maasai, Iraqw, and other groups for centuries.

SFS’ field station is surrounded by wildlife using diverse migration corridors and seasonal dispersal areas. The Maasai, and now settlers from other ethnic communities, depend on these same areas as communal grazing grounds for livestock and for growing food. As a result, they often face economic hardship due to crop damage from migrating wildlife, loss of livestock, and resource depletion and competition. Agricultural expansion, pollution, and climate change threaten the already strained water supply and the health of people, livestock, and wildlife alike.

The program explores the human elements of these the complex conservation issues. Our curriculum and research focus on how changes in land use and resource availability in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem can be managed to foster the well-being of local communities while safeguarding and promoting biodiversity conservation. Students learn about the socioeconomic, policy, and environmental drivers and implications of demographic change and land reform for wildlife conservation and rural development. Students hear lectures by park wardens, wildlife veterinarians, and field researchers. They also interview Maasai community members about challenges they face by the rapid loss of natural resources.

The Academics

FIELD RESEARCH, LECTURES, AND EXERCISES

  • Explore Lake Manyara National Park to study techniques for identification of large African mammals, baboon ecology, and threats to wetlands from tourism, land-use changes, and local resource use
  • Meet the Hadzabe foragers of Lake Eyasi and evaluate the ecological and sociocultural impacts of cultural tourism in Tanzania
  • Visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area to learn about inclusion of communities in conservation and management of natural resources
  • Attend lectures by park rangers, government representatives, village elders, and scientists from local research organizations on a range of topics in wildlife conservation and management
  • Day trip to Burunge Wildlife Management Area to study the benefits and challenges of community-based management of wildlife
  • Explore Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world, learning about human evolution and the geologic history of the region
  • Practice a variety of exercises in wildlife conservation and management: observing predator-prey interactions; surveying bird and ungulate populations; evaluating species’ habitat preferences and use; and assessing tourists’ wildlife viewing patterns.
  • Develop field research skills including habitat assessment and mapping, species identification, research design, data collection, natural resource valuation methods, social surveys, wildlife census techniques, GIS, transect and patch sampling, and animal behavior observations, scientific writing and oral presentation

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) located in the 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 sleep among the native acacia and fig trees, and birdsong fills the air in the morning. The camp consists of multiple buildings including an administrative center, a chumba, which serves as an eating and social activity center, a classroom and library, a computer room, and student, faculty, and staff housing. MHC is part of a small community where students can enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at MHC.

Students at the Center for Wildlife Management Studies in Tanzania have a special opportunity to see the intricate and complex connection between wildlife conservation and rural livelihoods. SFS faculty and staff have intimate knowledge of the challenges of conservation in Tanzania.

Local community members and government officials play an important role in guiding the Center’s research. With the results of our research, we offer data and recommendations to inform decision makers. SFS works collaboratively with our stakeholders to help monitor and manage habitat degradation and land-use changes while bolstering tourism and finding balance between economic and conservation goals.

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 the link below.

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

Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Kimana, Kenya Coast Republic
  • Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/29/2018 05/09/2018
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Sciences
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.8