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Trainee Reviews – Field Ranger Advanced Course

We started the course on 25 April 2021 which was completed on 07 May 2021. We were four male students from various nature reserves. Two of us came from Thanda Private Game Reserve, one from Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, and one of us was from the SAWC. We have learnt different operational tactics in the...
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Out of adversity comes strength

By Brad Craven – Director and Founder of WFAW – Warriors for African Wildlife I served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years 2003-2007 deploying to Iraq and Korea. When I returned home I struggled as many Veterans do. I coached and trained my younger brother Sam who has Cerebral Palsy and slight autism in...
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A workable alternative to patchwork/mosaic burning

The last fifteen years has seen an increase in popularity of patchwork, or mosaic, burning in preference to the traditional block burning.  The main argument in favour of mosaic burns is that cool fires are less destructive, and a more diverse landscape is created with the resulting animal diversity cited as being a major upside....
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Rising Up – Coaching Conservation Kicks Off

After much anticipation and excitement from the local schools, The Investec funded Coaching Conservation (CC) programme kicked off on 17 May with Muchuchi Primary School. The coaches were in high spirits ready to deliver the lessons, and the children were colorful and sprightly in their rebranded apparel.
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SANParks & the SAWC continue to strengthen ties

Given the legacy and evolution of the long-standing relationship between South African National Parks (SANParks) and the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), the two entities recently entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to formalise their collaboration and cooperation moving forward.
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Navigating the language barrier SMART-ly

 By Peter Hamming – Researcher: Research and Development“Campamento”…”não temos”, “Laco armadilha”… “temos”. Do you “comprende”? Me neither, at first. These words have become very familiar during my time giving SMART training to rangers in the Zambezi Delta. The Zambezi Delta is a 1.2 million ha area in Mozambique with sand forests, grasslands, swamps and floodplains....
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The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act

In 2013, South Africa passed the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI). The goal of the POPI Act is to protect data subjects from security breaches, theft, and discrimination. To accomplish this, it outlines eight principles that South African data processors must follow. Each principle encourages responsibility, security, and consent. It also provides special protections for distinct...
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Reaching our campaign target – what a wonderful milestone!

We are so excited to let you know that we have reached our K9 medical aid campaign target. This is thanks to all the donors who contributed either directly or via GivenGain as champions of our K9 Unit. Designed to raise funds for medical aid cover on all the dogs at the K9 unit, the campaign...
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NOTHING LIKE A PLAN (OR SHOULD WE SAY RUN) COMING TOGETHER

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...
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CUTTING FOR SURVIVAL

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...
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