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
Planned dates
in Namibia:
Namibia I: July 1 – 11, 2022
Namibia II: July 21 – 31, 2022

Plan to arrive at least one day before course begins and depart the day after course ends. Add 1-2 days travel time. Students arrive at least one day before the course begins.
On the Web: May – December
Credits: 7 graduate credits from Miami University; course can be applied to the Global Field Program.
Course Cost:* 2022 Field course (in-country + web): $3,225 (price includes tuition for 5 graduate credits and in-country costs) + airfare to Windhoek, Namibia.

2022 Fall project course (web, required): $790 (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.

Course Options for Miami Students

Are you a current Miami University undergrad or grad student interested in participating? Check out our Miami Students page to learn more about program requirements.

*Note that costs shown above are for graduate students only. Course costs for undergraduate students are based on each student’s tuition rate. If you have questions regarding your tuition promise rate, please contact the Bursar.

Project Dragonfly applauds our 16-year partnership with CCF!

Project Dragonfly teams up with the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) to offer our Earth Expeditions Namibia course. In 2020, CCF celebrated their 30-year anniversary and Dragonfly was honored with the Distinguished Conservation Award for our work together.

Check out this short “thank you” video (<6-minutes) to learn more about CCF and how students are positively impacted by this Dragonfly course.