CAC Tanzania


This update posted October 19, 2013.   


In December-January, CAC will travel to the front lines of conservation in Tanzania for the purpose of observing chimpanzees in the context of a broader study wildlife conservation.  The dates of travel will be from December 29, 2013 to January 12, 2014. 



Although, access to wildlife can never be guaranteed, our goal will be to make direct observations of chimpanzees, and of as many other species as possible.  In Tanzania, the plan is 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.

  • Katavi 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. 

Note also that our plans (including destinations) are subject to change at the sole discretion of Dr Noonan, as conditions may warrant. 



While in Tanzania, we will pay particular attention to the attitudes and practices of local people, the impact of ecotourism, and to the roles that the worldwide zoo community is playing in effecting real wildlife conservation. 


Following our field studies, participants will enroll for three credits in ABEC490 (in the Spring semester).  The goal of this course will be to relate the lessons learned in Tanzania.  Over the course of the semester, the students will produce multimedia educational modules targeted toward middle-school-aged children. 



  • Undergraduate students will be obliged to produce three separate modules.  (Graduate students will enroll in ANZ 290 for one-credit, and will be obliged to produce one module.) 

  • The modules will be made available online to children logging in from anywhere around the world.  They will be established as branches on the larger web site. 

  • The content of the modules will include, but not be limited to, videotaped lectures, wildlife video footage, still images, informational text, editorial opinion pages, action plans, interactive games, interactive quizzes, and feedback forms. 

  • The modules can focus on any topic jointly agreed upon by the student and instructor.  They might, for example, focus upon: 

    • specific lessons pertaining to chimpanzees 

    • conservation challenges unique to Tanzania 

    • third World conservation challenges 

    • conservation success stories 

    • ecotourism 

    • efforts to bridge the First-World/Third-World gap as it pertains to wildlife conservation 



Each student's portion of the total cost will be $4600.

(Students should also anticipate some additional expenses to cover the cost of required clothing, recommended immunizations, and some meals while traveling.) 


(FYI: The total 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 Gress, Arrison, LaFranier, and Brown family foundations.) 


Limited Spaces:

Space in this project will be allocated competitively and limited to six students.


Application Process:

Applications can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Written applications are due on October 25, 2013. 


Award Announcements:

The CAC-Tanzania team will be announced October 28, 2013.

Payment Schedule:

A $2000 deposit will be due on October 28, 2013, immediately after the Award Announcements. 

The remaining $2600 will be due on November 18, 2013.

Payments should be provided as checks, made out to "Canisius College."

These payments are not refundable.  (Each student should consider obtaining travel insurance.)




Contact Info: Michael Noonan, PhD, Canisius College , 2001 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14208