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 a suite of field research techniques and methods for studying wildlife ecology and assessing management policies and conservation practices in Tanzania. The focus is on the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, where we practice field techniques in national parks, community wildlife management areas, and in villages.
Acquire quantitative skills to determine species density, diversity, and habitat preference among species within a conservation area; on trips, learn how to plan, prepare, and conduct a comprehensive game count of wildlife
Gain skills in collecting behavioral ecology data on birds, primates, elephants and other animals
Determine species-habitat relationships and differentiate between habitat specialists and habitat generalists; understand the implications of observed relationships for the management of animals and habitat
Through direct interaction with local community members, assess local views on community wildlife conservation initiatives including identifying the various forms of human wildlife associated losses and people’s attitudes towards wildlife and resource challenges