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JAN 175: Wildlife Ecology and Conservation of South Africa
Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa; Bontebok National Park, South Africa; Cape Town, South Africa; Garden Route National Park, South Africa; Golden Gate Highlands National Park, South Africa; Johannesburg, South Africa; Knysna, South Africa; Kruger National Park, South Africa; Mokala National Park, South Africa; Mountain Zebra National Park, South Africa (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Jan Term
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Restrictions: SMC-CA applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Jan Term 2019 12/31/2017 03/01/2018 TBA TBA
Program Description:
Course Title:
Wildlife Ecology and Conservation of South Africa

Course Description:
South Africa is a world like no other. It is a land where mountains meet the sea, where two oceans collide, where vast deserts give way to dense forests. The savannahs and seas teem with wildlife imagined by many only from television documentaries. Perhaps there is no better place to explore the incredible diversity of plant and animal life on our planet than in South Africa. Our adventures in this land will reveal an enormous diversity of landscapes and ecosystems, and provide a range of habitats rarely found so accessibly in a single country. These ecosystems support abundant wildlife, including a vast array of mammals and hundreds of species of birds. Our mission will be to explore the natural history of South Africa by studying the integration of geology, biology, ecology, history, and human cultures. We will explore the ancient mountains and rock formations, the coastal beaches and estuaries, the deserts, the rainforest, the thorn scrublands, and the rich marine ecosystems. We will examine both the land and its life, and discuss the relationships between environment, biodiversity, and evolution while discussing methods of conservation and management in terms of long-term sustainability and economic benefits to local communities. Our explorations will cover much of South Africa, beginning in Cape Town and ending in Kruger National Park. In addition to our primary focus on natural history, we will also experience local culture and examine historical events that shaped this country. Some moderate to heavy physical activity (walking, hiking) will be required for access to the various ecosystems, and a sense of adventure and teamwork is a must.

Division:
Upper Division

Prerequisites:
Permission of instructor. As this is an upper-division course in wildife ecology & conservation, students should have at least one of these course(s) in any of the following: ecology, evolution, organismal biology, zoology, natural history, environmental science, geology, geography, sustainability, human ecology, environmental policy, or African history or cultures.

Reading List:
Insight Guide: South Africa; Bradt Guide to South African Wildlife; The Safari Companion: a Guide to Watching African Mammals.

Basis for Final Grade:
The final grade includes: A written term paper and class presentation (100 pts.)
Four quizzes at 25 pts. ea (100 pts.)
A complete travel journal (100 pts.)
A final multi-question essay exam (100 pts.)
Participation, behavior, and team-learning (100 pts.)