College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Environmental Science & Technology

Study Abroad: African Ecology

This is a course to introduce the ecology, wildlife, and ecosystems of northwestern South Africa. You will travel to Kimberley, then on to the Kalahari Desert where you will have an opportunity to see many different mammal and bird species up close.  In addition, students will visit captive breeding facilities for endangered species, game preserves and ecotourism areas, and cap it off with a trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, one of the crown jewels of the South African National Parks system. This year, the class will be approximately 10 from University of Maryland and ten from Clemson University. The two groups will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa then travel together.

COURSE TOPICS

  • Introduction to South Africa
  • Tips on Traveling to Foreign Countries
  • How to Pack for a 2 Week Trip
  • Culture and History of South Africa
  • Ecosystems and Plant Communities
  • Birds of the Kalahari
  • Mammals of the grasslands
  • Management of wildlife and grasslands
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