Program Details

The Wildlife and Conservation in Kenya program is designed to expose students to several key areas of conservation science with the additional benefit of on-the-ground field research in wildlife ecology.
Location:
Nairobi, Kenya
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Winter Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

The Wildlife and Conservation in Kenya program is designed to expose students to several key areas of conservation science with the additional benefit of on-the-ground field research in wildlife ecology.
The areas of focus are:

  1. Conservation in action (general programs, conflict issues, policies, and management practices),
  2. The environment and geography of Kenya,
  3. Ecosystem studies (acacia savanna, Rift Valley, grassland, others),
  4. Overlap of culture and conservation, and
  5. Challenges of conserving and managing wildlife.

Go on an African safari this Winter Break!

Learn about wildlife conservation in Kenya and experience the incredible diversity of its wildlife and landscapes.

Due to the sensitive nature of the region, this group's size will be limited, so we suggest you submit an application online sooner rather than later. Read more about Academic Director Ryan Valdez's research and how this program began in an article recently published by Mason Research. An engaging exploration of Kenya's vast and diverse ecosystems, this course will put you in close proximity to some incredible and charismatic wildlife.

articipants will have an incredible experience viewing wildlife, while learning about current challenges facing terrestrial megafauna that include the classic big five (lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and rhino). We will accomplish this by visiting multiple national parks, meeting key conservation biologists, and being introduced to a wide range of current wildlife management issues. Here is a list of some of the places we will go:

  • Giraffe Manor
  • Maasai Mara Game Reserve
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
  • The Ol Pejeta Conservancy
  • Kenya Wildlife Service
  • Lake Naivasha
  • Sweetwater's Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Mpala Research Centre

At both the applied and academic level, topics will include the conservation, biology, and behavior of species; landscapes and the conservation of protected and non-protected areas; human-wildlife conflicts; and the complexities of community-level interactions.

Program Details

Credits Offered (students will select one course for 3 credits):

Undergraduate:

  • Biology (BIOL) 440: Field Biology
  • Environmental Science and Policy (EVPP) 490: Special Topics in Environmental Science and Policy
  • Integrative Studies (INTS) 399: Study Abroad
  • Geography and Geoinformation Science (GGS) 399: Special Topics in Geography and Geoinformation Science 

Graduate:

  • Participating as a graduate student in this course is possible but requires additional work on the student side and student must have permission from their Academic Advisor and your department head. There are additional academic components required to earn graduate credit and you must talk with the Academic Director for approval.
Cost:
Program Cost (Winter 2018): $4957 Included: Tuition (3 credits) Guided tours and field experiences Most meals Accommodation In-country travel Pre-Departure Orientation International Travel Insurance Not Included: Round-trip airfare Some meals/snacks Recommended malaria prevention medications Personal spending

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes

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