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A field station
in the Maasai Steppe

The following page provides a summary of the main cooperation projects, training and research activities implemented by Istituto Oikos and its local partners in the Meru-Kilimanjaro ecosystem. These experiences are at the roots of the Mkuru Training Camp establishment and guided its development.

Training Courses for International Guests

The following training courses have been designed to offer short term training opportunities to Italian University students interested in the ecology and conservation of the African savannah. The courses were also open to local students whose participation was sponsored by international students.

  • Topics: Culture and traditions of Maasai people, ecology of Maasai steppe , management of protected areas in Tanzania, features and identification keys of savannah bird and mammal species, net captures of wild birds, visit to the bat cave and the Arusha National Park
  • Target: University students, researchers, wildlife managers
  • Description: 12 students (8 Italians and 4 locals) have been trained for two weeks through a combination of theoretical lectures and field experience.
  • Topics: Ecology of Maasai steppe, ecology and identification of nocturnal carnivores, trapping techniques and traps survey, safety of trapped animals, survey methods of Savannah large mammals, production of distribution maps, visit to Arusha and Tarangire National Park.
  • Target: University students, researchers, wildlife managers.
  • Description: 12 students (8 Italians and 4 locals) have been trained for two weeks through a combination of theoretical lectures and field experience.
  • Topics: Maasai culture, traditional methods of livestock keeping and the pastoralist living, traditional healing with indigenous plants, ecology of steppe ecosystem and moist mountain forest of Mount Meru, visit to Arusha National Park, visit to the baboon cave, the history of camel in the area and camel safari, Oldoinyo Lendaree hiking.
  • Target: Photographer and film makers
  • Description: The school consisted of a ten days training on Maasai colture, environmental conservation and film making. The training allowed a deep journey through the Maasai traditional culture, their daily living and the interactions and use of the surrounding habitats. A unique opportunity for getting in touch with the Maasai, filming authentic life and exploring wonderful and various landscapes. Footage sessions were possible during all the field activities, in particular at the bomas, inside the Arusha National Park, during the camel riding into the bush and the hiking to Oldoinyo Lendaree peak.