Why study ecology in Tanzania?
Zanzibar’s extensive shoreline, unique flora and fauna, and tropical climate are ideal for exploring conservation and management of coral reefs, inter-tidal zones, and tropical forests. From your coastal base in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage site, gain a deeper understanding of biodiversity, conservation areas, and ecotourism projects. Study rare or endemic species, such as the hawksbill sea turtle, Pemba flying fox, and Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Meet officials at Zanzibar’s Department of Forestry and the Institute of Marine Sciences to hear their perspectives on natural resource management. Learn and practice speaking Kiswahili during your homestays in Stone Town, Zanzibar, and on Pemba Island. Understand the techniques, methods, and ethics necessary for successful field research, and partner with experts on an independent study project of your choice. Examine issues in marine and coastal environments through short excursions. Observe wildlife while snorkeling off of Bawe, Chumbe, Kwale, Misali, and Mnemba islands. You’ll also visit Pange Reef and Sandbar.
- Delve deeply into ecosystems of the Indian Ocean and the islands of Tanzania-Zanzibar.
- Learn marine and terrestrial field methodologies on Unguja and Pemba islands.
- Study the sustainability of coral reefs, coastal forests, and vulnerable fauna and flora.
- Observe rare and endangered wildlife, such as whale sharks and coconut crabs.
Previous college-level coursework and/or background in environmental studies, ecology, biology, wildlife conservation, the blue economy, or related fields or topics, as assessed by SIT. Swimming and snorkeling proficiency is strongly recommended.