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The CIEE Gaborone Summer Wildlife Ecology & Conservation program offers students the opportunity to study African wildlife in Botswana’s largest extant native habitat alongside the country’s growing human population. Students take biology and environmental science electives in animal behavior, ecology, and conservation. All courses are delivered by CIEE faculty and draw on local experts and stakeholders, including many from the University of Botswana. In addition, students explore the intersection of conservation with society and culture through CIEE co-curricular activities and extensive field trips to nature reserves, rangelands, rural communities, and the capital city of Gaborone.
Observe and study wildlife animal behavior and ecology in large expanses of intact habitat.
Compare how wildlife behavior and ecology change outside of protected areas, particularly those near human populations.
Diagnose complex conservation and other environmental issues using current scientific methods and literature.
Observe firsthand how African ecosystems operate and how it is compromised by humans.
Perform original research on the natural history, behavior, and conservation of African wildlife using contemporary tools and theory of wildlife management.
Critique and construct solutions to conserve African wildlife biodiversity and abundance.
Assess initiatives to build a more sustainable future with lower environmental impact while improving the wellbeing of humans.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
building an imbedded research project involving wildlife behavior, ecology, or conservation.
EXPLORE BOTSWANA WILDLIFE
traveling to Botswana’s protected wildlife areas such as Central Kalahari Game Reserve or Okavango Delta
GAIN FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE
interacting with the local community to learn about human-wildlife conflict and its impact on sustainable wildlife conservation efforts
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