South African Mammals

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May Interim: May 9th – 25th, 2021
Open to All Majors, No Pre-Requisites

This 3 credit hour course is aimed at individuals passionate about wildlife who wish to become a part of conservation in action.  Wildlife management has become an accepted and necessary part of wildlife conservation.  Successful management includes monitoring and moving animals to reestablish the checks and balances of nature in managed systems.  This type of work requires specialized training and experience which the students will receive through this wildlife capture course.

This course emphasizes professional and humane animal handling and covers practical techniques to maximize field success and human/animal safety, including chemical and mechanical game capture techniques, drug delivery systems, modern immobilization drugs, wildlife diseases, common species capture, rehabilitation and release of endangered mammals, occupational health hazards, translocation equipment and holding facilities.

This course in which we will explore the conservation issues of large mammals and compare these issues in North America and South Africa.  The course includes 12-14  days in South Africa.  Students will receive 9-10 days of hands-on work and instruction with Parawild Safari operating in the Limpopo Province of South Africa.  Parawild instructors will give lectures and demonstrations and include students in the work of animal captures as extensive as possible, limited by field conditions, the species being handled, and safety issues.  In addition Parawild will take us to Kruger National Wildlife Park, shark-diving of the eastern coast near Durban (weather permitting) and provide other cultural activities.

Many of the hands-on activities require a high level of physical fitness.  The captures will expose you to rough conditions (examples, dense trees and shrubs with thorns or spines, rocky terrain).   You must be prepared to camp out in the lovely South African winter, be up very early, work outside, in the sun, doing physical work most of the day and into the night.   And you will have the time of your life!

Pricing information will be made available when the program is approved. Please contact the program director or the Study Abroad Office if you have any questions.

What You’ll Study

Course Name: Conservation and Management of African Mammals
Course Number: AFR 300
Credits: 3.0
Term & Dates: May Interim 2021 Term, May 9th – 25th, 2021
Pre-Requisites: Open to All Majors, No Prerequisites
Degree Fulfillments: Satisfies LSP Intercultural Perspectives Requirement & Counts as Biology elective hours
Click Here to See the Tentative Course Syllabus.

Learning Objectives

  • Compare and contrast environmental difference between Missouri and South Africa
  • Develop a deeper understanding of why large mammals are an important conservation issue
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the socio-political constraints in conservation (compare and contrast the United States and South Africa)
  • Gain factual knowledge about and hands-on practice in safe and humane handling methods
  • Consider why management is part of conservation

Grading Criteria

  • 30% Participation:  full participation in all discussions and activities is expected.
  • 30% Journal:  Maintain a journal that includes written summaries of papers read, classes on game capture, and actual capture processes.  Will be graded for completeness and the development of scientific thought processes related to       conservation and game management as well your personal thoughts and observations.
  • 20% Final Written Review: This will be a typed report with prompt to be provided during the spring semester.
  • 10% Other graded assignments: These assignments will be homework during the spring semester.
  • 10% Deportment: We will be in a different country with different values AND working with wild animals.  It is important that we leave a positive impression on the people that we interact with AND conduct ourselves in a way that keeps us all as safe as possible.  This includes following the instructions of all instructors.

Your Instructor

Dr. Stephanie Foré
Professor of Biology | Magruder Hall 3026

Dr. Stephanie Foré is passionate about nature and the study of living things. She is eager to share this passion and believes that experiencing nature through research brings book-learning to life. She currently has an active research lab in which she mentors undergraduate research that often leads to presentation at conferences and publication. She has been nominated several times for Truman’s Research Mentor of the year. In her free time, she serves her country as a Wilderness Volunteer maintaining trails in America’s wild lands.

Let Us Know You’re Interested!

Due to world-wide travel restrictions, the Study Abroad Office has delayed opening the application and deposit process for the “Conservation and Management of African Mammals” faculty-led study abroad program for May Interim 2021. However, we are asking interested students to COMPLETE THIS ONLINE INTEREST FORM in order to better understand who is considering programs this year and keep you up to date with the most current information about applications, deadlines, and program changes. Completing this form does not commit you to participating in a program or create any charges on your student account. It will only be used to help our office better communicate with interested students to facilitate your application process.