TANZANIA: Moyo Hill Camp
School for Field Studies (SFS)
Fall/Spring Semester Program
The SFS Center for Wildlife Management Studies operates from Moyo Hill Camp (MHC) located in the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem between Lake Manyara National Park and the famous Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This wonderfully scenic area is world-renowned for its beauty, geography, history, and wildlife. MHC is a fenced facility nestled among maize plantations and other crop fields. Students sleep among the native acacia and fig trees, and birdsong fills the air in the morning. The camp consists of multiple buildings including an administrative center, a chumba, which serves as an eating and social activity center, a classroom and library, a computer room, and student, faculty, and staff housing. MHC comprises part of a small community where students can enjoy daily interaction with neighbors. Walking, jogging, soccer, and socializing outside of the camp round out daily life at MHC.
USD, in association with the School for Field Studies (SFS), offers semester programs at SFS sites in several locations for qualified students majoring in the sciences. Depending on the selected site, students have the opportunity to analyze such challenging problems as preserving ecosystems, balancing economic development and conservation, or managing and maintaining wildlife, agricultural, and marine resources. Each site offers its own diverse characteristics and experiences. Although some locations may appear to be somewhat isolated, all programs endeavor to facilitate participation in local life and promote contacts and exchanges with the local population. Science, policy, and resource management course work is integrated with practical field experience and directed research to address the environmental issues pertinent to the chosen location.
Northern Tanzania is a hub of wildlife tourism. Home to world-famous national parks such as Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this remarkably scenic area is the center of tourism in East Africa. It has also been the home of the Maasai, Iraqw, and other groups for centuries.
Despite the seemingly negative trends of availability and quality of habitat and resources for wildlife and livestock on the Maasai steppe, there are many opportunities for effective conservation, natural resource management, and rural development. SFS’s field station is surrounded by wildlife using diverse migration corridors and seasonal dispersal areas. The Maasai, and now settlers from other ethnic communities, depend on these same areas as communal grazing grounds for livestock and for growing food. As a result, they often face economic hardship due to crop damage from migrating wildlife, loss of livestock, and resource depletion and competition. Agricultural expansion, pollution, and climate change threaten the already strained water supply and the health of people, livestock, and wildlife alike.
Semester students are registered in five academic courses:
All courses are pre-approved to transfer back to USD. To see how they will transfer back, SFS Pre-Approved Course Equivalencies
NOTE: Core Curriculum designations on this list pertain to the OLD Core only
The Center’s research is framed both by the needs of human communities and by wildlife conservation goals in the region. The SFS curriculum and research focus on how changes in land use and resource availability in the Maasai steppe ecosystems can be managed to foster the wellbeing of local communities while safeguarding and promoting biodiversity conservation. Students learn about the socioeconomic, policy, and environmental drivers and implications of demographic change and land reform for wildlife conservation and rural development. Students will be exposed to a rich array of issues in both countries related to wildlife management and conservation, presented by SFS faculty and guests who have field experience and knowledge of these areas.
- BI/EE (NS) 371 Techniques of Wildlife Management (4 credits)
- BI/EE (NS) 372 Wildlife Ecology (4 credits)
- EE (SS) 302 Environmental Policy and Socioeconomic Values (4 credits
- EE 491 or 492 Directed Research (4 units)
- LE 205E Introduction to Swahili Language and East African Tribal Communities (2 credits)
Tanzania housing - Students live in expedition tents (large with 2 beds). Main chumba for meals and meetings; separate classroom, kitchen and staff housing. Central bathrooms with hot showers. The town of Karatu is about 10 miles away on paved road. Large town with market, currency exchange and cafes. Tour the field station.
For a detailed description of program costs please see the Program Cost in the box at the top of this webpage.
A valid passport is required for all international travel.
U.S. citizens do not need to obtain a tourist visa in advance of entering Tanzania. Non-US citizens should inquire with the Tanzanian embassy as these students may be advised to obtain a tourist visa in advance. You will be issued a tourist visa upon arrival, and you will receive your Pupil’s Pass a day or two after arriving at the Center. The Pupil’s Pass will grant you resident student status during your time with SFS.
Please bring $100 in cash (new bills) with you in order to process your tourist visa on arrival. Be sure to carry new bills – bills from 2006 are usually the oldest ones accepted, and it’s best to have brand new bills if possible.
EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES
Moyo Hill Camp is west of Arusha, close to Lake Manyara National Park. The camp sits on a hill with sweeping views. Much of the land is agricultural. Nature/bird walk track outside the center. Open, grassy area for volleyball, Frisbee, etc.
A typical week in the field of Environmental Field Studies Abroad