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Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Conservation 

Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Conservation

Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Conservation

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course explores the habits and behaviors of wild primates and how conservation policies have impacted their livelihood. It highlights some of the challenges faced by protected areas and the unique animals that live within their bounds. Gain hands-on experience with chimpanzees living at a sanctuary. Then, learn observation and research techniques during primate treks to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzee families. Develop a research focus and carry out a project with the support of local resources. Throughout your work with conservationists, tour guides, animal handlers and researchers, gain a deeper understanding of the impact of conservation efforts and how primates in Uganda have benefited from their enforcement. During the initial phase of the course, students learn the natural history, morphology, ecology, and behavior of primates through academic lessons and first hand experience at a chimpanzee sanctuary. During the second phase of the course the focus turns toward the threats that primates face and the conservation strategies that help mitigate these threats. Finally, students will participate in projects aimed at promoting an increase in primate health and populations. Uganda Gorilla & Chimpanzee Conservation offers 3 natural science college credits through Lesley University.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

  • Monitor and compare the behaviors and biology of rescued versus wild chimpanzees
  • Learn about conservation efforts that have contributed to the success of protecting endangered species
  • Develop a personal research project related to the protection of Ugandan wildlife
  • Observe gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitats

LECTURE TOPICS

  • Primate natural history
  • Primate classification
  • Primate research techniques
  • Forest ecology
  • Feeding ecology and ranging behavior
  • Social behavior
  • Tool use and human-like behavior
  • Primate conservation and threats
  • Habitat loss and fragmentation
  • Extinction biology
  • Conservation strategies
  • Primate rehabilitation

FIELD STUDIES & EXERCISES

  • Primate identification
  • Multiple field sampling methods
  • Monitoring primate food resources (phrenology and plant diversity)
  • Assessing primate habitat quality
  • Primate/vertebrate animal abundance
  • Primate rehabilitation and care
  • Reforestation and habitat conservation

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At a Glance

Community Service & Academics
  • 35 Hours
  • 3 Credits
College Credit
  • 3 natural science Credits

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