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
in the context of a broader study wildlife conservation. The dates of travel will be from December
2013 to January
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 www.conservenature.org
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
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
conservation challenges unique to
third World conservation challenges
conservation success stories
efforts to bridge the
First-World/Third-World gap as it pertains to wildlife
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
(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.)
Space in this project will be allocated
competitively and limited to six students.
Applications can be
downloaded by clicking
Written applications are due on October
The CAC-Tanzania team will
be announced October 28, 2013.
A $2000 deposit will be due on October 28,
2013, immediately after the Award Announcements.
The remaining $2600 will be due on November
Payments should be provided as checks,
made out to "Canisius College."
These payments are not refundable.
(Each student should consider obtaining travel insurance.)