Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods

CFAN 3504

Estimated Program Dates:
December 27, 2019 - January 17, 2020 

Application Deadline:
October 1, 2019

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Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods


Interested in studying tigers? This is the primary focus of a three week experience in Thailand, where you will explore the country's cultural and conservation challenges. CFANS has been a principal partner in a long-term tiger conservation project, and one of the highlights of this course will be working on that project in a "biodiversity hotspot" that is home to over 400 bird species, 90 reptile species and 108 species of fish. Activities will include camera-trapping techniques, prey assessment methods, and radio telemetry approaches to the study of tigers and other large mammals. The course will begin with a two-day visit to Suphan Buri Province, near the Tha Chin River, North of Bangkok where you will learn about Thai culture, and enjoy several excursions. Then you'll travel to Thailand's premier conservation research site, home base for daily field activities and a launching point for a wilderness trip into more remote parts of western Thailand. Not only will you experience the beauty and diversity of Thailand – as part of a team, you will investigate and gain an understanding of landscape-scale conservation strategies and methods to study large mammals and birds. Prior to departure you will return to Bangkok to explore this vibrant and unforgettable city.

Looking for more information, description, and understanding? See the 2015/2016 Daily Journal (PDF) and 2016/2017 Daily Journal (PDF) from student participants! 
**Please note that each experience in Thailand is unique, and while this journal is a great overview of the program, your experience will be special to your year.


CFAN 3504 - 3.0 credits

*For more detailed information, see the 2019PDF iconprogram itinerary.


Students interested in sustainability, conservation and management of natural resources.


First Step Sessions give basic information about programs, services, and resources available through the Learning Abroad Center. You do not have to reserve your spot, just show up to 230 Heller Hall, West Bank. You can also complete the First Step Session online

Please note: Because we cover so much information in a short period of time, if you are more than 5 minutes late you will have to attend a different First Step Session.



$4,500. The final 2020 program cost will be posted in fall 2019.

The program fee includes instruction, orientation, program administration, airfare and in-country transportation, international health insurance, lodging, excursions, and most meals. 

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Dave Smith and Francesca Cuthbert are professors in the Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Smith has a special interest in biology and conservation of mammals in Asia, specifically tigers, their social organization and dispersal patterns. Cuthbert's special interest is in biology and conservation of water birds.


Jeffrey Tillery in Thailand

Jeffrey Tillery

Term: Winter 2016 - 2017

Program: Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods

Traveling to Thailand was a life-changing experience. I had never traveled out of the country before this adventure, and going here was the best decision I've ever made. The wildlife, the field experience, the people, the food, the city, and the beach were all mesmerizing. Waking up to gibbon calls in the morning, being within 100 meters of a tiger, seeing a group of dholes, and seeing two elephants forty meters away while in the dense jungle made the trip worthwhile in itself, but another great thing about the trip is the impact it has had upon me personally, academically, and professionally. Coming into the trip I hadn't done any field work, and the field studies at Bueng Boraphet and Huai Kha Khaeng gave me field experience that provided a spark in motivating me to get more involved with field surveys, assessment, and research around the Twin Cities. The mist-netting and banding portion at Bueng Boraphet also ignited a new found passion in birds. I've always enjoyed birds, but I'd always had my mind set on working with mammals. However, after having my first hands on experience with birds like kingfishers and bitterns I understand why people have such a love for birds.  

Click here to read Jeffrey's complete story in Thailand.

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