CAC Tanzania


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 2016. 



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 as possible

  • learn as much as possible about the attitudes and practices of local people

  • evaluate the impact of ecotourism

  • assess the roles played by worldwide conservation groups

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 while traveling.) 


(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.) 


Limited Spaces:

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


Application Process:

Applications can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Written applications are due on 1 September 2015. 


Award Announcements:

The CAC-Tanzania team will be announced 8 September 2015.

Payment Schedule:

A $2000 deposit will be due on 11 September 2015, immediately after the Award Announcements. 

The remaining $2880 will be due on 15 October 2015.

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

These payments are NOT refundable.  Therefore each student should consider obtaining travel insurance.




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