Rhotia, Tanzania
English instruction
Fall, Spring, Summer
Semester: 18 credits
Summer: 4 or 8 credits
Rolling admissions


The School for Field Studies (SFS) semester and summer programs in Tanzania allow students to examine the drivers of habitat degradation and land use change, as well as the implications for wildlife conservation and local and regional economies. Students gain a general overview of socioeconomic and environmental policy, cultural perceptions, wildlife dispersal areas, and biodiversity conservation in Tanzania, and have a chance to learn and apply in the field multiple techniques and approaches to studying wildlife, natural resources, and ecosystems.

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  • Multiday field expedition and camping trip to Serengeti National Park, studying large mammal ecology, wildlife migrations, and tourist behavior in the park
  • Multiday trip to Tarangire National Park and surrounding areas for field exercises on wildlife population counting, lion ecology and behavior, conservation models, and human-wildlife conflicts
  • Visit to cultural manyatta (settlements), an opportunity to glimpse Maasai and Iraqw cultures: traditional ceremonies, demonstrations of fire-making, and dances by Maasai morans (warriors)
  • 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 tribe, a hunter-gatherer community of Lake Eyasi, and evaluate the ecological and sociocultural impacts of cultural tourism in Tanzania
  • Visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area to learn about the role and challenges of multiple use conservation models, which include 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
  • Take a day trip to Burunge Wildlife Management Area to study the benefits and challenges of community-based management of wildlife


Session I: Wildlife Management and Conservation

Students in this program 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.

Session II: Techniques for Wildlife Field Research

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 students learn foundational field skills in observation and evaluation of wildlife. They pursue interactive methods for assessing local community attitudes and behaviors toward conservation efforts.

Summer Combined: Sessions I + II

Summer courses can be taken individually (4 credits) or back-to-back (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 tuition discount.


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