UF in Botswana is a unique interdisciplinary opportunity for students to explore a country that protects some of Africa’s largest wilderness areas, and to experience the conservation and wildlife management issues that impact its biodiversity.
Botswana is very representative of other African countries in terms of the challenges faced in biodiversity conservation, and because of this, students will gain valuable insight into the African perspective.
The program also provides a rare chance to learn and practice the wildlife forensic science techniques that deter poaching, an international crisis threatening many species.
Through a combination of on-location lectures, visits to wildlife parks and reserves, game drives, field-work, and interactions with local communities, students will gain an understanding of and participate in wildlife and vegetation assessments and management exercises, rhino ear notching and collaring, helicopter darting, One Health concerns, human-wildlife conflict issues, wildlife forensic investigations, and ecotoxicology occurrences and mitigation.
Current conservation efforts and sustainable use of resources will be examined in detail. This program also offers the opportunity to contribute to ongoing, long-term wildlife conservation and forensic science research projects.
The course is offered annually in mid-May and runs for three weeks.
We look forward to showing you a taste of conservation in Botswana!
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