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  • Locations: Pretoria, South Africa
  • Program Terms: Summer, Winter
  • Restrictions: Univ. of Idaho applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Level of Support: Low Available to Non-UI Students: Yes
Program Description:
25_SA-Ecolife 2017.pdf

Wildlife Conservation:
Courses focus on wildlife management techniques, sustainable resource utilization, ecosystem & biodiversity conservation, reserve & resort management, capture & care of wild animals.

About the Location
Located on the southern end of the continent, South Africa and Swaziland represent one of the truly great wildlife viewing areas in the world. Students will have the opportunity to explore a wide variety of ecosystems and learn about the complex social, economic, and political pressures facing them. South Africa and Swaziland are also interesting from an anthropological perspective—there you will find archeological sites dating back to prehistoric man, rock art from the San bushman, Dutch settlers, and Zulu tribal villages. Almost around every corner students will discover something new and different, making it an ideal learning environment.

About EcoLife- University of Pretoria
With ten faculties and 550 academic programs, the University of Pretoria is the biggest residential university in South Africa. Today, it provides training for 50,000 students. Ecolife Expeditions is an extension program of the Centre for Wildlife Management at the University of Pretoria, and has been conducting short-term field study programs for international students since 1999. Two study programs are currently presented, the Wildlife Conservation program, and the Vets-in-the-Wild program. Aimed at students of biology, conservation, eco-tourism, environmental science, natural resources, park management, wildlife management, veterinary science, zoology, wildlife rehabilitation or a related field, these study programs offer an exciting, hands-on, in-depth, and educational experience, taking students behind-the-scenes in the wildlife field in Southern Africa. The expeditions are in the form of a camping safari, and the duration is around 3 weeks. Students interact with rangers, veterinarians, and researchers working in the field, giving them insight into life, successes, and problems associated with conservation in Africa today.

This field-based course becomes increasingly more “hands on” as the group becomes accustomed to the challenges and rigors of traveling in the bush. The activities are practical and designed to expose participants to various facets of the African experience. One day students may identify plants and learn about their uses; the next they might take part in an erosion prevention project or visit a local school. Students might take two or three trips to the same lion kill in order to watch the incredible succession of animals work over the carcass, or spend an evening with some Zulu villagers to learn the art of tribal dancing and story-telling. By the end of the program, students will have an appreciation for the complexity and inter-connectedness of life in Africa and will have a clearer understanding of the issues and realities facing African wildlife today

Program Visits
Program Visits Here are some of the places you might visit on on these programs:Rhino and Lion Park
  • Blyde Canyon Reserve: Swadini Resort
  • Shangana Village, Hazyview, Mpumalanga Province
  • Kruger National Park
  • Imbambala – Loskop Dam Game Reserve
  • Lory Park Zoo & Owl Sanctuary
  • Johannesburg Zoo
  • Mokopane Breeding Centre
  • Onderstepoort & DeWildt Wild Cheetah and Wild Dog Breeding Centre

  • 2.5 GPA
  • Excellent Health
  • Relevant Major
  • Camping in huts, tents, or chalets

Programming Fees
Includes tuition, accommodation, all meals, land transportation during program, course materials, camping equipment, permits and entry fees, group activities.
Wildlife Conservation: $4,890

Other Fees
UI Application Fee: $150 Non-refundable
UI Registration/ Programming Fee: $500/semester

Application Deadlines
*Apply as early as possible, programs fill quickly
Final Deadline: April 1

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2022 10/15/2021 10/15/2021 TBA TBA
Summer 2022 04/01/2022 04/01/2022 TBA TBA