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African Discovery: Tanzania

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Few wildlife experiences can compare to a safari in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Common wildlife sightings include lions, cheetahs, giraffes, wildebeest, leopards, gazelles, elephants and hundreds of birds! Join us as we explore conservation biology in this spectacular region of the world. We’ll conduct scientific field research, examine the important role that local communities play in conservation efforts, and work side by side with local students on a service project. Along the way, we’ll hike beside Mount Kilimanjaro, visit with Masai warriors and dig into the ‘Cradle of Life’ of human civilization: Olduvai Gorge.

In preparation for the experience, students research African plant and animal biodiversity and explore interdependencies between species. In the process, they learn some of the common techniques that wildlife biologists use to study in the field. We also delve into the cultures of the region and the critical role that people play in crafting sustainable solutions to conservation issues. Along the way, students learn research strategies used by anthropologists. Finally, students explore the role that they can play in making a positive difference in the conservation of biodiversity. Upon returning from Tanzania, student-designed follow-up service projects bring local community meaning to their life-changing experiences.