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  • Cultivating the Custodians of our Natural Heritage

    I often remember the words of my wonderful friend, companion and mentor, Magqubu Ntombela, as we toiled up the hills in the hot sun Mfolozi Game Reserve. "We are doing the work of God", he would say. "And our reward will come when people realise how important our national parks and game reserves really are....Dr Ian Player, Internationally renowned conservationist...Read more

  • Wildlife Guardian Programme

    In response to the current rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, a joint proposal between the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and the Game Ranger’s Association of Breitling Replica Watches Africa (GRAA) gave  rise to the Wildlife Guardian Programme. This programme...Read more

  • Conservation and Environmental Bridging Programme

    It is essential for future leaders in conservation to be identified within the school system at an early stage and to be exposed to appropriate training opportunities. This programme is aimed at historically disadvantaged school leavers....Read more

  • Enterprise Development/New Venture Creation

    The future of South Africa's economy does not only lie in the formal sector, but also within the informal SMME sector. This is a growing part of South Africa's economy and requires substantial focus from a developmental perspective. It is essential that communities benefit ...Read more

  • Community Rangers Programme

    Many of our wilderness areas are under the growing threat of increasing population growth, sprawling urbanisation, deepening poverty, encroaching land use, poaching and the unsustainable exploitation of natural resources. It for this reason that...Read more

  • The Sustainable Utilisation Programme – PH Course

    The programme is designed to empower persons from historically disadvantage backgrounds to access an employment sector which, according to the Department of Environmental Affairs, is responsible for making an extremely valuable contribution to the economy...Read more

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INTERNATIONAL PROGRAMMES/EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMES

In addition to the full spectrum of higher and further education and training offered to field staff and mangers of protected areas, the College also offers tailor-made programmes for local and international visitors to introduce them to conservation and environmental issues.

These programmes are suitable for and are aimed at school groups, university students, post graduate students or working professionals looking for a unique learning adventure experience. The programmes can be developed to suit the time constraints, budgets and curricula of these institutions and the needs of individuals or groups.

As part of this programme the SAWC  has for many years welcomed students from around the world who have visited from universities and other training institutes to experience the College, Africa and issues related to their studies or areas of interest.

International students have in the past joined us from the United States of America, Australia, Belgium and Sweden including  Virginia, Michigan State, Arizona, Ferrum, Texas, A&M, Grand Valley, Kansas and Queensland Universities.

These students are usually studying environmental or conservation related topics, or public health initiatives, and during their stay are given the chance to engage with the students studying here at the College as well as visiting the local communities and interacting with the projects the College oversees there.

We tailor-make educational trips to meet any group of individuals particular needs, with a focus being on learning experiences which are both theoretical and practical.


 

LIST OF TOPIC SPECIFIC PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES

  • Alien Biota
  • Anti-Poaching
  • Bovine Tuberculosis
  • Feline Tuberculosis
  • Carnivore Management
  • Community-Wildlife Conflict and Interactions
  • Wildlife Damage Control
  • Wildlife Electric Fencing
  • Erosion Management and Rehabilitation
  • Eco-Tourism and Conservation
  • Endangered Wildlife (Research & Management)
  • Fire Management
  • Game Censuses (Reasons & Methodology)
  • Herbivore and Habitat Management
  • Infrastructure Management on Nature Reserves
  • Management of National Parks
  • Management of Private Nature Reserves
  • Recreational use of natural water systems and catchment management
  • Veld management practices
  • Veterinary research (role and importance in wildlife management)
  • Wildlife Diseases (management practices)
  • Water Provision (artificial)
  • Social Structures and Behavior of African Elephants
  • Elephants and the effect they have on Biodiversity
  • History of the African Elephant
  • Hunting and Conservation
  • Importance of Scientific Research in Wildlife Management Practices
  • Cultural Heritage Site Management
  • The importance of environmental education and certain practices
  • Ornithology
  • Herpetology
  • Animal Behaviour
  • African ecology
  • Conservation Biology

LIST OF ACTIVITIES THAT CAN ALSO BE PROVIDED AND ARRANGED

  • Kapama Cheetah Breeding Project
  • Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
  • Reptile Park Tour and Demonstrations
  • Mokwalo Hunting Safaris – Tour & Guided Activities
  • River Rafting
  • Cliff Jumping
  • Horse Riding
  • Abseiling
  • Bridge Swinging
  • Helicopter Flights 
  • Rafting
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Tribal Village Tours
  • Mining Tours
  • Elephant Museum Tour
  • Game Capture
  • Rural Community Visit and projects
  • Visits to Private Nature Reserves in surrounding area
  • Tour to God’s Window, Berlin, Lisbon and Mac-Mac falls
  • Lion Breeding Project tour
  • Wildlife Game Drives
  • Bush Walks in Big 5 Area

POSSIBLE CONSERVATION STUDY FIELDS:

The following study fields provide topic-specific presentations and lectures regarding certain aspects concerning nature conservation and wildlife management practices, within both the private sector and national parks.

Wildlife & Resource Management:
This field covers the basic core functions of any conservationist, resource manager, park manager, scientist, researcher, ecologists and game ranger. Aspects ranging from law enforcement practices to artificial water provision and alien biota are covered within this specific field.

Social Ecology:
Community development and the involvement of conservation organisations in communities are discussed as well as the effect that conservation areas have on the rural communities and its people.

Reserve Infrastructure Maintenance:
All infrastructure maintenance and development tasks and duties are discussed and if possible supported by practical demonstrations and excursions. Topics range from wildlife fencing to sewerage and waste water systems.

Research & Veterinary Services:
Discussions on wildlife diseases, game capture practices and important research practices are conducted by well qualified veterinarians and researchers from both the private sector and National Parks Board.

Elephant Management:
In-depth study of especially the African Elephant, behavioural studies, population dynamics, etc. are covered in this field. This specific study field can be linked with Wildlife & Resource Management to provide a complete programme for learners.

Development and Management:
This field provides a valuable supporting role to any of the other fields, especially; Wildlife & Resource Management and Reserve Infrastructure Maintenance as it place everything in perspective and demonstrate various fields are linked with each other.

Community Development as part of the Tourism Chain
An integral part of each educational tour we design is a visit to the local communities so students can see what life in a rural village in South Africa is really like, and for them to appreciate how tourism and industry cannot grow unless they also benefit the communities within which they operate.

The College supports a number of local community groups including a group of children who perform traditional Shangaan dancing as an entrepreneurial enterprise and helps them collect monies for their school fees. We also utilise these different groups for cultural evening experiences held at the College. This is an invaluable source of income to these community members.

If you are interested in organising an educational tour to the Southern African Wildlife College, please contact Marelize van der Walt on  +27 (0) 15 793 7300 or by emailing her on marvdw@sawc.org.za

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