This exciting new program offers an experiential course in the study of primate diversity, ecology, behavior and conservation in an African rainforest that hosts some of the highest densities of primates in the world. Students learn about the basic ecology of monkeys and apes including diet, habitat, community dynamics, grouping strategies, and predator-prey interactions. They also practice the methods needed for the study of wild primates.
Field exercises include: methods in the observation of wild monkeys, monitoring the fruiting patterns of rainforest trees, and carrying out a census of monkeys. Students also study primate conservation through interacting closely with officials of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the government agency that is responsible for wildlife conservation). Conservation lectures and field exercises associated with the course include the causes and consequences of rainforest fragmentation, ecotourism (with a guided visit to track chimpanzees), crop raiding by primates and other wildlife, and community conservation strategies.
Students participating in this program must be able and willing to live in a remote location with intermittent access to electricity, no running water and limited access to internet and telephone. They must be able to cope with very modest living accommodations in a dormitory setting with outdoor toilets. Insects are common at the field site and often enter dormitory rooms. Students must be physically fit enough to walk on fairly flat terrain for several hours. They must be willing and able to take anti-malarial medication, and be vaccinated for hepatitis A, hepatitis B and typhoid.
Program Fee: $ 1,685 (estimate) includes housing, food, local transportation, books and supplies, excursions and international health insurance. Airfare (~$1800), visa (~$50) and vaccinations and prescriptions (~$300) not included in program fee.
Tuition: Varies based on undergraduate/graduate and residency status. See details here.
Total cost = Program fee ($1685) + Applicable Tuition + Airfare ($1800) + Visa ($50) + Vaccinations and Prescriptions ($300) + Spending Money (varies)