How would you like to take an exciting trip to Africa to learn about some of its most popular creatures? In the ANTH 440/540 - Primates of South Africa course, you’ll spend four weeks in Africa doing that and more. 

This trip is tentatively scheduled for May 29 to June 25, 2011. You’ll also learn about South African plants, but most of your focus will be on primates, particularly baboons, green monkeys, bush babies, and humans. You will visit various sites of natural, cultural, and historical significance, including the Sterkfontein World Heritage site, Kruger National Park, the Pretoria Museum, and more. 

You’ll learn how to collect behavioral and ecological data on the monkeys, how to navigate through the African bush, and how to recognize the signs of and track animals such as elephants, lions, giraffes, zebras, and baboons.  

The goals of this course include examining the roles and impacts of South African culture, history, and society on the various species of primates in the area and on the dynamics of interactions among humans and other primates. South Africa is the third most diverse biological area in the world. You will learn a great deal about the ecology of the area. This is designed to be a very hands-on learning experience, and you’ll be studying and practicing a variety of types of primatological field research techniques. 

ANTH 440/540 field trip website