This unique and exciting study abroad program focuses on experiential learning in one of Central East Africa's most progressive countries and home to over a dozen species of monkeys and apes, including the famed mountain gorilla.
Students will go on adventure treks to observe gorilla families and golden monkeys on the slopes of the extinct Virunga volcanoes; follow groups of chimpanzees, black and white colobus and guenon monkeys in an afro-alpine jungle; and travel on Safari to watch wildlife and study troops of baboons and vervet monkeys in a savanna setting.
The Primate Studies Field School promotes a strong interdisciplinary and comparative approach to primate social behavior, family systems, ecology, and conservation, combining perspectives from evolutionary biology, psychology, anthropology, and human development.
Participants will have the opportunity to:
*Follow and observe in the wild at least 7 rare monkey and ape species
*Learn field methods for behavioral and ecological data collection
*Walk in Dian Fossey's footsteps with mountain gorillas
*Take in Rwanda's scenic beauty-- Africa's little Switzerland
*Explore Rwanda's natural and cultural heritage
The four-week, six-credit field school held July 2012 is led by University of Arizona faculty primatologists Dieter and Netzin Steklis. Together, they have conducted research on several species of primates, including nearly 20 years studying mountain gorilla biology, behavior, and conservation in Africa. Their work has been featured in national and international magazines, radio programs and television broadcasts (including National Geographic) as well as college textbooks.