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Pictured back row (l-r): Maddie Blackwell ’20; Megan Miller ’20; Shakira Jinez ’20; Annemarie Ferrie MS ’20; Ellen Tremante MS ’20; Caitlin Canny ’20; Misa Gamble ’20; Erica Meehan ’20 and Kari Tuite ’19
Pictured front row (l-r): Sue Margulis, PhD, professor and chair, Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation; Katrina Winsor MS ’20; Britton Pietz MS ’20; Lily Engebrecht ’20 and Cassidy Wood ’20

Africa Network for Animal Welfare (ANAW) hosted 14 Canisius students from Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, June 29. The students participated in wildlife conservation activities in Nakuru, Laikipia and Samburu counties. The tour’s objectives included understanding the involvement and participation of communities in wildlife conservation, learning about the impacts of habitat conservation and restoration efforts on animal behavior and biology, learning about the functional models combining cultural practices and modern-day innovations in conservation, and understanding the association between gender, traditions and community perspectives of animals.

During their stay, the students participated in activities such as de-snaring and animal monitoring. They visited various institutions and organizations that have programs in protecting endangered species. They were able to take note of the various initiatives these organizations are undertaking to protect wildlife species. They also interacted and learned from the local communities who live in some of the world’s wildlife hotspots.

ANAW is a renowned provider of experiential tours for animal welfare enthusiasts. Participants enjoy hands-on experiences in animal welfare work while interacting with local communities and learning about indigenous cultures.

Submitted by: Sue Margulis, PhD, professor and chair, Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation; professor, Biology