About the Program
On the UF in Belize program, you will spend 9 days learning with local faculty and students as well as other local professionals. The majority of each day will be spent in the field examining wildlife and conservation issues in a diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. In this course, you will actively experience wildlife, habitats, peoples, and conservation issues, solutions, practices, and practitioners in the tropics, with Belize as a case study.
About the Location
Belize has a wide variety of unique wildlife (from manatees and whale sharks to monkeys, tapirs, jaguars, and macaws) found in diverse habitats. Belize has a greater proportion of its area under some form of protection and conservation management than any other country, and employing a variety of unique conservation strategies. Belize also has a diverse assemblage of peoples whose history and culture often influence wildlife, habitats, and conservation.
Excursions include the Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, Mayan ruins, a barrier reef, and an interactive visit to a sustainable agriculture operation that includes working a farm in the rainforest that grows cacao and other crops used to produce chocolate. You will have the opportunity to pick the beans and spend an evening with a Mayan family molding the product.
College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation
Course is taught by UF faculty.
WIS4905/6905 Wildlife Ecology & Conservation in the Tropics
*All students must attend and participate in pre and post travel classes in the spring. (available via distant learning)
You will stay in a variety of accommodations, from dormitories to remote cabins. Rooms are double-occupancy, and linens are provided.