This update posted 18 July 2015.
In January 2016, CAC will travel to front lines
of wildlife conservation in Tanzania. Our goal will be to
study chimpanzees in the context of forest ecology, and elephants in
the context of savannah ecology. The dates of travel will be from
2 January 2016 to 18 January
In Tanzania, the plan will be to explore:
Gombe Stream National Park, the site
made famous through the studies of Jane Goodall. This
park, located on the shores of Lake Tanganyka encompasses pristine rainforest
that is one of the
last vestiges of the chimpanzee.
Ruaha National Park, a remote park
where wildlife only rarely encounter human beings. This
site has unique waterways that concentrate species like hippos,
elephants and giraffes into regions where they can be observed.
Although our focus will be on chimpanzees and on
elephants, there will be four secondary goals:
direct observations of as many other species
learn as much as possible about the attitudes and practices of local people
the impact of ecotourism
assess the roles played by worldwide
Following our field studies,
participants will enroll in a one credit in ABEC490 (in Spring
16). The task of each student will be to complete lesson plans
designed to teach about African wildlife to middle school children,
and to deliver five classroom presentations.
Each student's portion of the total cost will be $4,880.
(Students should also anticipate some additional
expenses to cover the cost
of required clothing, recommended immunizations, and some meals
(FYI: The total program expenditure will actually be $7500 per
student. In addition to student payments, this project is being
supported by grants in support of the CAC program from the Arrison
and LaFranier family foundations.)
Space in this project will be allocated
competitively and limited to four students.
Applications can be
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Written applications are due on 1
The CAC-Tanzania team will
be announced 8 September 2015.
A $2000 deposit will be due on 11
September 2015, immediately after the Award Announcements.
The remaining $2880 will be due on 15
Payments should be provided as checks,
made out to "Canisius College."
These payments are NOT refundable.
Therefore each student should consider obtaining travel insurance.