Earth Expeditions

Namibia: Great Cat Conservation

Experience ongoing research projects such as radio tracking, cheetah physiology, ecosystem management, and the design of school and community programs.

Course Details
In Namibia: Namibia I: June 19-29, 2020
Namibia II: July 17-27, 2020

Add 1-2 days travel time. Students arrive at least one day before the course begins.
On the Web: April – December
Credits: 7 graduate credits from Miami University; course can be applied to the Global Field Program.
Course Cost: Field course (in-country + web): $2,750
(price includes tuition for 5 graduate credits and in-country costs) + airfare to Windhoek, Namibia + $500 in additional course support costs.

Fall project course (web, required): $600
(price includes tuition for 2 graduate credits)

Course Overview

Travel to Namibia, Africa, with Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and Miami University instructors to join the Zoo’s long-term partnership with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF)–the global center of cheetah conservation worldwide. This course is primarily based at CCF headquarters and explores how conservation organizations can succeed while partnering with local communities to save wildlife. Ongoing research projects at CCF include radio tracking, cheetah physiology, ecosystem management, and the design of school and community programs in Namibia. Discover the power of inquiry to generate knowledge and inspire conservation. All students will have the chance to conduct an inquiry investigation of the local ecosystem, asking their own questions, collecting data, and presenting conclusions. Students may also participate in CCF field research including species behavioral studies, waterhole surveys, and full or new moon game counts. 

Prior to and following the field experience in Namibia, students will complete coursework via Dragonfly Workshops’ Web-Based Learning Community as they apply experiences to their home institutions and communities.