Field expedition: Orienting students in wilderness Practices

Wildlife Management Students Association of Sokoine University of Agriculture (WISASUA) organized a three-day trip from December 1st to 3rd, 2023, at Mikumi National Park. The primary objective of this excursion was to provide hands-on experience and orientation to fellow first year students in the field of wildlife management. During the trip, several key skills were imparted and experienced. These included:

Firstly, Wilderness Camping Practice– Students learned practical skills essential for camping in natural environments. These involve setting up campsites, cooking outdoors, understanding safety measures, and living sustainably within the wilderness.

Secondly, Management and Conservation Aspects– The trip aimed to educate students about the complexities of managing and conserving Tanzania’s national parks and other forms of protected areas. Students had an opportunity to discuss some management aspects such as policies, practices and challenges related to conservation efforts.



Thirdly, Surviving Skills in the Wilderness– students learnt some survival techniques, such as navigation, finding food and water sources, basic first aid, and understanding wildlife behavior for safety.


Fourthly, Game Driving – At last students engaged in guided game drives through the park to observe and appreciate the diverse wildlife and natural heritage that Mikumi National Park offers. This activity provided an opportunity for students to witness animals in their natural habitats and understand their behaviors and ecosystems.





Generally, the trip was not only a recreational visit but also an educational and practical experience designed to complement classroom learning. It aimed to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and real-world application in the field of wildlife management, offering a holistic understanding of the complexities involved in preserving and managing natural environments and wildlife.


Student are keenly following a talk about the history of a Baobab tree and its connection to the ancient hunters.

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