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A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in the exquisite sense of mere tranquil existence, that I neglect my talents. I should be...
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Last year the world changed. Our daily lives were thrown out of routine and we were presented with a situation that forced us to look at all funding opportunities. The Wildlife College is still only able to operate at 50% of its training capacity given the need for social distancing both in the classrooms and accommodation units, which has certainly forced us to think “out of the box”.Our CEO Theresa...
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The horn of a rhino is made out of keratin and continuously grows. In the natural environment, the animal’s horn can get shorter as it gets rubbed against trees and stumps or sometimes it is knocked off during a fight with another rhino, still leaving the growth platelet. In converse, and in support of the illegal trade in rhino horn, rhinos are brutally maimed and killed for their horn.As a...
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Peter Hamming – Researcher – Research and Development DepartmentThe management of a reserve’s biodiversity has always been a challenge. Drought, snare poaching, game counts, biodiversity, alien species control, controlled burns etc. all form part of these challenges. Unfortunately, some poaching has become commercial as a lot of money is to be made from the illegal trade in wildlife. Rhino horn being one of the commodities. The management of these animals...
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Dear friends of the College, We are grateful for another year, and another opportunity to do the work we’re so passionate about thanks to the ongoing support from our partners and donors. Despite the ongoing challenges facing the College, and indeed the conservations sector as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, our staff and students are fully in the swing of things. The year started on a positive note with...
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The December/January/February period was an extremely busy period for the SAWC airwing, logging 103 flying hours for the December period and 100 hours for January. February although busy, was hampered with inclement weather conditions.As predicted and which seems to be the trend nowadays, rhino poaching incidents spiked over the December-January period with a number of rhino losses incurred. Many of our flight missions were of a support role to poaching...
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