Educating the Next Generation of African Scientists
Training aspiring young scientists is one of the key goals of our community programs in Africa, helping to build the next generation of conservationists. Each year, we reach more than 400 students from universities in Rwanda and Congo, teaching them about conservation, gorillas, scientific methods, field research skills and more. We also provide intensive supervision for college students conducting their senior thesis research projects, and we offer post-graduate internship opportunities to provide further training.
Our education efforts are working! About 90 percent of those who do their senior thesis work at Karisoke go into scientific or related educational fields, many of our trackers are now enrolled in college courses, and several field staff are pursuing graduate work in conservation.
Capacity Building for Staff at National Parks
In both Rwanda and Congo, the Fossey Fund works with national park staff to enhance their ability to protect threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems. This includes training sessions and workshops, developing education materials, improving data collection, and supporting other aspects of good conservation management.
Educational Opportunities for Our Staff
The Fossey Fund is also dedicated to building the capacity of our own staff in Africa, and provides college scholarship opportunities for staff who wish to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees. While many of them study conservation, they may also choose to study other subjects, including engineering, accounting, education and public health. We also provide opportunities for staff exchanges among our field sites, attendance at conservation conferences, and support for research projects of their own. Our scientific staff and visiting experts also provide special seminars and courses for our field staff.