Join MSU Professor Dr. Kay Holekamp on this 9-day tour of Kenya. This safari combines superlative wildlife viewing while staying in some of Kenya’s finest safari lodges and tented campus. Begin in Nairobi and spend two days visiting the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Center and the Karen Blixen home and museum. Enjoy game drives at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy while searching for sightings of the “Big Five” and visit the Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Sanctuary. See Lake Elmenteita, part of East Africa’s Great Rift Valley and spend two days at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve, one of the Serengeti’s most rewarding wildlife observation sites. The last day will include a visit to Dr. Holekamp’s Research Laboratory to see how MSU students are learning hyena behavioral development and evolution.
A minimum number of participants is required to send the faculty host.
MSU Host - Dr. Kay Holekamp
Kay Holekamp is a University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology at MSU, and is the Director of MSU's graduate program in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior. In 1992, she joined the faculty at MSU, where she teaches graduate and undergraduate classes each year in introductory biology, ethology, and behavioral ecology. She has been studying the behavioral ecology of large carnivores and other African mammals continuously since the late 1980s, and has accrued extensive research experience in both eastern and southern Africa. She is the subject of a 2018 book entitled “The Hyena Scientist,” which describes her long-term study of free-living spotted hyenas in Kenya.