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  • Locations: Siem Reap, Cambodia
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Program Sponsor: The School for Field Studies (SFS) 
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring, Summer
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/02/2019 TBA TBA
Summer 2020 03/15/2020 03/16/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 03/16/2020 TBA TBA
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Program Description:
 

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ECOLOGY AND CONSERVATION OF SOUTHEAST ASIAN ELEPHANTS,
CAMBODIA


PROGRAM DETAILS

  • Term: Summer Session II
  • Credits: 4 semester-hour credits (8 credits if taken with Session I)
  • Prerequisites: No course prerequisites: 18 years of age
  • Application Deadline: Rolling admissions. Early applications encouraged
  • Financial Aid: All accepted students can apply for need-based scholarships, grants, and loans


OVERVIEW

This summer, come and study elephants within a lush tropical wildlife sanctuary while exploring the livelihoods of the Bunong indigenous people who have incorporated elephants as part of their culture for many generations. Not only will you learn about elephant behaviour and ecology in a tropical forest ecosystem, you will discover the conservation issues facing wild elephants. Explore the challenges of the human-elephant interface associated with increasing human populations and habitat destruction. 
  • Spend two weeks learning and collecting behavioral, ecological, and welfare data with the NGO E.L.I.E. at their sanctuary, the Elephant Valley Project, where they care for injured and overworked elephants in the lush forests of eastern Cambodia
  • Conduct direct field observations of elephants using various forms of data sampling techniques including continuous, scan, and interval sampling methods
  • Learn how to estimate elephant age and group composition using indirect observations
  • Understand elephant resource needs by gathering data on food-plant preferences and use of mineral licks
  • Conduct health checks of elephants and learn about signs of illness and treatments given
  • Identify habitat use indicators for wild elephants such as footprints, dung, and feeding signs along transects in Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Learn from the Bunong people about their traditional culture and their interactions with elephants, past and present
  • Interview local villagers who are directly affected by elephant crop-raiding
  • Contribute to discussions and developing ideas for mitigation strategies to minimize conflict in the future


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