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The use of vultures in African Traditional Medicine: a constitutional right, or a jailable offence?

By Dr Lindy Thompson  Vultures are the most highly threatened group of birds on the planet. In the 1990s, vulture populations in Nepal, Pakistan, and India plummeted in what scientists termed the ‘Asian Vulture Crisis’. About two decades later, similar declines in vulture populations were observed in Africa, prompting leading vulture biologists and conservationists to...
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The Bateleur – Quarter 1 (2024)

The first quarter of the year has felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride; just as you hit a high following completion of a task or training course or after securing some new business or much-needed funding, you then hit the next dip as you realise there is loads more of the same still to...
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Update from the RRM Department – March ’24

The start of the year has been nothing short of exhilarating for the Responsible Resource Management (RRM) Department. In a dynamic move, the renowned Herding Academy has merged with the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) to bolster Regenerative Land Management training, promising enhanced impact across the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Concurrently, the RRM department...
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UPDATE ON STUDENT AND PROGRAMME SUPPORT – MARCH ’24

By Ashwell Glasson Students On-Site The College is still abuzz with student activities, and the echo of their voices from the lecture rooms. The Protected Area Integrity (PAI) Department is running its flagship Braveheart Ranger Leadership Development Programme (RLDP) with ranger leaders drawn from various conservation agencies. The RLDP focuses on enhancing the leadership of existing and...
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Quality Management and Accreditation Update – March ’24

By Anelle Rautenbach – Head: Quality Management and Accreditation What is the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF), and how is it relevant to the SAWC? In South Africa, the Quality Assurance Framework (QAF) stands as a cornerstone of educational integrity, aiming to uphold the quality and consistency of education and training across diverse sectors. Governed by regulatory bodies...
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Update from the ALRD – March ’24

During the first quarter of the year, the Applied Learning and Research Department (ALRD) has been actively engaged in diverse ecological research activities. These include investigating the impact of tree cover on grass diversity, spearheaded by Mr Abraham Adilehou, a diligent master’s student from Benin, and exploring ant diversity in neighbouring farms, led by Dorice...
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Distinguished Service Awards

We are immensely proud of our CEO, Theresa Sowry, for being honoured with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award from Michigan State University (MSU) on 1 March 2024, in recognition of her exceptional contributions to conservation. Her visionary approach to inclusive and holistic conservation practices, along with her innovative programs and initiatives at the SAWC, has...
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CEO travels to Rwanda for the Tusk Conservation Symposium

Our CEO, Theresa Sowry, recently attended the Tusk Conservation Symposium hosted by Tusk Trust in Rwanda from 3 to 8 March 2024. Held biennially, the Tusk symposium brings together beneficiaries to exchange project insights, share ideas, and foster partnerships. This year was particularly special as Theresa reunited with longtime friend, Miguel Goncalves, a Park Warden...
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“You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people…”

By: Elna de Beer SAWC Technical AssociateThese words from Wangarĩ Maathai were the inspiration for the development of the SAWC’s newest learning programme called Community Practice in Responsible Resource Use. You cannot protect the environment unless you empower people, inform them, and help them understand that the resources of the land are their own and...
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Annual Review 2022

Dear friends and supporters of the Southern African Wildlife College,Nature-based solutions are critical if we are to secure a future for humankind. This makes our mission as a conservation education, training and skills development institution more crucial than ever before.We are truly dedicated to ensuring that we deliver on our mission, which includes addressing the...
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