Wildtrax Explorations students from the University of Illinois joined Wildlife ACT Botswana for 10 days on our FIRST Botswana research and field techniques course! The students had the unique opportunity to experience the Chobe, Savuti and Okavango Delta! Many say that these connect to create one of the last remaining wild places of Africa, something which the students learned through the course’s diverse syllabus, as well as through their own eyes.
The overall objectives of the study abroad programme is to equip students with adequate knowledge of various wildlife management and conservation issues in Botswana and to attain proficiency in field research.
Wildlife ACT has two main research initiatives in Botswana, implementing a standardized biodiversity monitoring protocol for Botswana’s Department of Wildlife & National Parks and conducting human-wildlife conflict studies and implementing mitigation strategies with the University of Botswana’s Okavango Research Institute.
Wildtrax Explorations is focused on developing an integrative study abroad course where students play an integral role in the success of these research initiatives. The diverse courses, research and experiential learning opportunities for students provide the foundation for understanding the dynamic interface among sociology, ecology and wildlife management.
Study Abroad – Botswana Research Courses