The School for Field Studies / SFS: Kenya - Wildlife and Water Studies
- Location(s): Kenya
- Program Type(s): Study Abroad
In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of flora and fauna, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and rhinos. The ... read more
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In the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s grassy savannas, Rift Valley
lakes, and mountain highlands provide habitats for an astounding diversity of
flora and fauna, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo,
and rhinos. The deep-rooted communities of the pastoralist Maasai people call
this region home. Kenya’s famed national parks attract hundreds of thousands of
visitors each year.
Kenya’s biodiversity and traditional cultures
are under threat. Climate change, drought, ecosystem fragmentation, and human
development are increasing competition for the region’s finite natural
resources. Our research here focuses on sustainable conservation approaches that
will address these issues and reduce conflict between humans and wildlife.
Wildlife, Water, and Climate Resilience (SEMESTER PROGRAM): Discover the
world-famous national parks and stunning landscapes of Kenya, while studying
approaches to conservation and the country’s diverse wildlife – from colossal
elephants to the endangered black rhinoceros. In the heart of the Great Rift
Valley, climate change and resource availability are affecting Kenya’s
ecosystems and those living in them. Research the root causes of these changes
and how different conservation strategies can benefit both local people and
Fundamentals of Wildlife Management in Kenya and Tanzania (SUMMER I PROGRAM): The
world-famous national parks and reserves of Kenya and Tanzania are full of
wildlife found nowhere else on the planet. Spend your summer in this incredible
region, learning about approaches to wildlife management and conservation
through safari drives, expeditions in the Amboseli-Tsavo and Tarangire-Manyara
ecosystems, and conversations with Maasai and other community members.
Primates of the African Savanna (SUMMER II PROGRAM): Primates
are some of the most intelligent species on the planet and a fascinating case
study on animal behavior. Venture into Kenya’s national parks to study these
complex, social creatures. Through field observations and research, learn about
the ecology and behavior of Syke’s, colobus, and vervet monkeys, bush babies,
and yellow and olive baboons as well as human-wildlife conflict and
Wildlife Studies. The Center, known locally as Kilimanjaro Bush Camp,
lies in the heart of Kenya’s Rift Valley, between three world-famous national
parks. The snow-capped peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro towers over miles of savanna,
replete with a diversity of wildlife. Our sprawling, grassy campus includes
traditional thatched bandas (cabins)
and a central chumba (main building),
just down the road from the small town of Kimana.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Zoology, Animal Biology
- Wildlife Science, Wildlife Management
- Sustainability Studies
- Social Sciences
- Religion / Religious Studies
- Public Policy Analysis
- Peace Studies, Conflict Resolution
- Parks and Recreation Studies
- Parks and Recreation Facilities Management
- Natural Sciences
- Natural Resources Management
- Natural Resources, Conservation
- Natural Resources and Conservation
- Environmental Studies
- Environmental Science
- Ecology, Evolution Biology
- Cultural Studies
- Botany, Plant Biology
- Biological and Physical Sciences
- Area, Ethnic and Group Studies
- Animal Sciences
- African Studies
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The School for Field Studies / SFS Scholarships
All students are eligible to apply for these need-based awards. SFS will work with you and your home school to understand and meet your financial need.
This need-based scholarship is available for students with a cultural and/or ancestral connection to the country in which they plan to study abroad with SFS.
SFS matches Federal Pell Grant funding for all SFS semester programs to students who use their Pell Grant to help pay the cost of their SFS program.
SFS seeks to broaden and strengthen the participation of traditionally underrepresented minority students in all of its programs. The SFS Diversity Scholarship is one of the ways we broaden the participation of underrepresented groups of students in study abroad. For SFS, underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, students who identify with a certain race, sex, color, religion, creed, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, age, marital status, national origin or ancestry, ethnic origin, or veteran status. Underrepresented groups also include first generation college students and students from low income families.