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Creating a new way forward for K9 units in conservation

The Power of the Pack or is it the Schnoz… By : Johan van Straaten – Head Trainer of the K9 Unit (Dog Master)Although canines are one of the oldest tools used in the art of detection and tracking, they are still proving, without a doubt, to be the most effective. As head trainer or...
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APPOINTMENT OF DR. JOSEPH OKORI

The College is both proud and excited to advise on the appointment of Dr. Joseph Okori who will be joining the Southern African Wildlife College as Executive Manager, Business Operations following a rigorous interview process. Dr. Okori will officially take up his position on site on 1 November 2022, under the leadership of CEO, Theresa...
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Annual Review 2021

Dear friends and supporters of the Southern African Wildlife College,There are so many words that could describe the 2021 year under review, many of them an antithesis of one another. In parallel, many of us experienced both highs and lows as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact lives and livelihoods across the globe.When I look...
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Give the gift of healthcare to our K9 heroes

The College’s K9 unit continues to be a game changer for conservation teams across the Greater Kruger working to stem the tide of rhino poaching. With support from its donors, the SAWC has pioneered an approach to combat rhino poaching that combines well-trained field rangers and the addition of free-running canine assets. The result is that...
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The Bateleur – Quarter 3 (2022)

Dear friends of the College,There are some amazing and exciting pieces of interest in this edition of our newsletter. I wanted to give you a sneak peak of three that I was personally involved in. I was privileged to be invited to the United for Wildlife Global Summit which took place in London, UK at...
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The College and Eco Defense Group partner to develop advanced ranger & wildlife protection training

The College has invited US-based NGO Eco Defense Group to partner with them in the development of specialized and unique curricula to improve ranger capabilities around the continent.  Partnering with the SAWC, Eco Defense Group will provide and organize training consistent with the Wildlife College’s many programs, and will design and implement specific training to help...
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Inspirational time in Mozambique

Our Technical Associate, Elna de Beer recently spent three weeks in Mozambique (9 – 30 September 2022) being part of two new initiatives. The first two weeks were spent at Zinave National Park (ZNP) and Banhine National Park (BNP) respectively. This process focused on the recently signed agreement between the College and the Peace Parks...
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GEF 6 – Leading Heart ‘A class of distinction’

By Sboniso Phakathi – Project Leader: Rural Initiatives for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)The GEF 6 Project has an overall goal – to strengthen institutions and targeted communities to improve decision-making and reduce the rate of illegal wildlife trade in South Africa.In order to respond to capacity development needs within the project, a series of programmes...
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Pan African Conservation Education Connect

The College and Pan African Conservation Education (PACE), are partners in the Tusk Trust Network.  PACE is an educational programme initiated by Tusk Trust in partnership with Siren Conservation Education. The principle behind PACE is to show that everything in the environment is linked and that in looking after the environment, humans, wildlife, and people...
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Community and Youth Dept Update – Oct 2022

The Community and Youth Development Department continued to pursue its objective of making conservation accessible to all. In the third quarter, the Natural Resource Management, Terrestrial (Level 5) students were deployed back to their work places in their various countries and workstations.While the Level 5 class was sent for Work Integrated Learning (WIL), the Level...
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