Students in this program are exposed to 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 which are central to effective and sustainable wildlife conservation. Students develop skills to explore the ecology, social organization, and behavior of common African large mammals.
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