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SIT Study Abroad Tanzania: Ecology, Wildlife & Natural Resource Management
Arusha, Tanzania; Zanzibar, Tanzania (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: URI applicants only
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Minimum GPA: 2.5 Fields of Studies: Anthropology, Biology, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Geography, International Studies
Language of Instruction: English Experiential Learning: ITR Field Study, URI Affiliated Program
Class Standing: 2. Sophomore, 3. Junior, 4. Senior
Program Description:
Program Description:

Tanzania: Ecology, Wildlife, & Natural Resource Management*

*This program has combined coursework from two previous programs in Tanzania and will be offered for fall 2020 only.

Learn wildlife ecology field methods and conservation practices. Work with parks and organizations in mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar to address ecosystem management challenges and dynamics.

Study the remarkable environments and animal life of mainland Tanzania and the Zanzibar Archipelago. You will camp in the Tarangire-Manyara Ecosystem and live with urban and rural homestay families at two locations, including in the World Heritage Site of Stone Town in Zanzibar and Ngaramtoni, in Arusha. During your stay, you will conduct an independent field study on ecosystem management challenges and dynamics or fauna, including large plains animals (like buffalo and giraffes) and forest animals (like monkeys and sunbirds), and marine fauna (like octopus and dolphins). Students will also learn ecology field methods, conservation practices, and work with parks, organizations, and experts to address natural resource management and conservation issues in an era of environmental change.

Program Highlights

  • Mainland Tanzania, study wildlife management in Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem, and approaches to community participation in Wildlife Management Areas.
  • Visit Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti N. Park studies behaviors of wildlife and human-wildlife interactions, including challenges to multiple land use area.
  • In Zanzibar, swim with dolphins, survey coral reef ecosystems, and evaluate ecotourism strategies.
  • Work with experts at Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park in Zanzibar to document behavior of forest wildlife and conserve biodiversity, especially of primates and birds.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Independent Study

Conducted in Arusha, Moshi, or surrounding areas or, with program approval, in other parts of Tanzania. Sample topic areas: impact of tourism on local cultures or the natural environment; perspectives on management options in designated wildlife areas; environmental education; soil conservation in Mayo Village; body modifications among Maasai at Ngare Sero; behavior of Colobus guereza in selected forests; canopy and habitat use in sympatric primate species; modernized farming methods in Mgwashi; Arusha youths’ views on population and the environment; vegetation analysis of elephant damage at Ndarakwai Ranch.

Sample topic areas:
  • Perspectives on human-wildlife conflict near conservation areas including wildlife corridors
  • Mweka College of Wildlife student perspectives on the new presidency
  • An analysis of facial expressions in olive baboons by habitat and group behavior
  • GPS mapping of elephant corridors in the Tarangire-Manyara landscape
  • Impact of tourism on the natural environment or cultures
  • Management options in designated wildlife areas
  • Environmental education
  • Soil conservation and agricultural practices
  • Youths’ views on population and environment
  • Wildlife-livestock disease interaction in the Kwakuchinja corridor
  • Behavior of primates, e.g., Colobus guereza and olive baboons at various forest locations
  • Wood use in various types of protected areas, including village forests
  • Bio-indicator studies, e.g., birds and butterflies at various locations
  • Perspectives on population and the environment
  • Vegetation analysis and elephant damage at Ndarakwai Ranch

Key Topics of Study

  • Wildlife conservation and management strategies for different protected areas, including parks, WMAs and multiple land use area
  • Human-wildlife interactions in an era of environmental change
  • Methods to document terrestrial and marine animals and animal behaviors
  • Tropical ecosystems: mangrove forests, seagrass beds, and coral reefs, including marine wildlife and the impacts of climate change to animals in Zanzibar
  • Sustainable ecotourism related to wildlife in Tanzania

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