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IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress – July 2022

Kigali Call to Action for People and Nature More than 2400 participants from 53 African and 27 other countries participated in the inaugural IUCN Africa Protected and Conserved Areas Congress (APAC) in Kigali, Rwanda from 18-23 July 2022. It was convened jointly by the Government of Rwanda, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature...
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Ensuring Anton Mzimba’s legacy and vision for the future continues

Following the tragic and senseless murder of Anton Mzimba on Tuesday 26 July 2022, we are committed to honouring his life and the work he did as a true wildlife warrior. Anton was Head of Timbavati Rangers Services, technical advisor to Global Conservation Corps (GCC) and a proud past student and friend of the College.The...
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Conservation and Leadership – how do we bring these together effectively?

Conservation does not happen within a vacuum. There is a complex web of socio-ecological interactions between humans and the environment within which they reside. Over the past four decades or so, natural resource management practitioners and researchers have realized how important it is to understand the human dimension in order to achieve conservation goals and...
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Collaboration bodes well for transformation

In striving for the gold standard for guide training, and in bringing their unique strengths and resources to the table, the Southern African Wildlife College and Bushwise are excited about the opportunity for guide training to be more inclusive.  With the first intake of students now under the belt, the second intake of guiding students...
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Electric motorcycle riders help save endangered animals 

Cake customers donate eight electric Kalk AP motorcycles to be used in anti-poaching activities on the African continent. Cake, the Swedish maker of premium lightweight, electric motorcycles, today announced the latest development in its anti-poaching program being conducted in close cooperation with the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). As a direct result of consumer interest and...
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The Bateleur – Quarter 1 (2022)

Dear friends of the College,In looking ahead to the rest of 2022, if the first quarter is anything to go by, it is certainly going to be a busy and rewarding year on so many levels. In 2020 and 2021 we were faced with many challenges including the impact of Covid-19 which took its toll on...
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In the words of a Trainee Field Ranger – Field Ranger Law Enforcement Armed Course

Dates: 24 JANUARY 2022 – 4 MARCH 2022 On 24 January 2022, we arrived at Zinave National Park (Mozambique), after a very gruelling basic field ranger selection. Upon arrival we were formally introduced to the Mozambican staff members Chef Estevo Chiure, Chef Samuel Matepsa, and Chef Helder and to the two South African instructors from...
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Bushwise Collaboration

We are delighted to announce a new collaboration between Bushwise Field Guides and the College. Our two organisations have entered into a symbiotic training agreement, focused on trainer transformation and in further developing the gold standard for guide training.This agreement kicked off in the first week of January 2022. Both Bushwise and SAWC are FGASA...
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Coaching Conservation 2021 Review and Coaches

By Sboniso Phakathi – Project Leader RISEThe Coaching Conservation programme provides Innovative conservation education through the Learning from Wildlife Model, where kids learn about wildlife, and from wildlife behaviour and their individual attributes for application in their personal lives. Having started in 2019, 2021 marks the second year of SAWC implementing the Coaching Conservation programme, and this...
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A student’s experience: Field Ranger Law Enforcement Armed Course

DATE 18 OCT 2021- 26 NOV 2021On our arrival on Sunday 18 October 2021, Corporal Mbuso took us to our place of rest and welcomed us. This happened to be “Tents”, which most of us were not expecting, thinking we would be staying in proper rooms. We left our luggage and went straight to the...
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