May 23, 2014
Department of Animal Sciences' students Carolina Alvarez, Lindsay Brunson, Kiara Carballada, Kate Clemons, Erin Connell, Chelsey Crosby, Dannielle Degrendel, David Miinch, and Laura Whalin, along with Dr. Steve Moeller recently returned from a 15 day study of Wildlife Behavior and Welfare in South Africa. The South Africa study abroad experience marked the first study abroad offered within Animal Sciences focusing primarily on wild populations of animals, their behavior, welfare, and management, as well as the comparisons and contrasts with animals managed in zoos and parks across the US. Students experienced welfare and behavior through visits to an animal rehabilitation center, an elephant sanctuary, the Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands private wildlife reserve, and the National Zoo's Wildlife Biological Resource Centre. Through both day and night excursions, students were able to experience the differing populations of animal species and differing activities that occur in natural wildlife settings.
The South Africa Study Abroad experience was developed to serve the educational needs of a growing and important segment of Animal Sciences students that are interested in experiences and careers working with animals in zoos and wildlife parks across the world. The student experience was enhanced by working directly with an experienced and well-respected guide, Mr. Andrew Schaefer, who provided access and knowledge supporting their studies. A second group of Animal Sciences students will depart with co-instructor Ms. Kelly George in June of 2014.
Learn more about the South Africa, and other, study abroad trips by visiting the department web site study abroad pages. Applications are due November 1 for the South Africa trip in summer 2015.