It's worth saving!

Our role is to equip people with the skills, knowledge and experience they need to value and protect nature. In delivering conservation education, training and skills development programmes, as well as counter poaching projects using an applied learning approach, we invite you to join us in going “Beyond Boundaries” to ensure that tomorrow’s conservation leaders, field rangers and the community have the skills needed to become partners in saving the continent’s natural heritage.

Every financial contribution – large or small – makes a difference.

To directly support the Southern African Wildlife College and to contribute to the vital training of people at all levels within the conservation sector including natural resource managers, field rangers, community members as well as to our counter poaching initiatives, please select your preferred area of support:

  • If you require a tax certificate, please email us at donations@sawc.org
  • If you require a tax certificate, please email us at donations@sawc.org

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General College Operations

Donations to General College Operations go towards our core running costs. These funds are crucial in creating the enabling environment for our conservation and education work.

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Natural Resource Management and Training

This programme aims to develop future generations of Natural Resource Managers with the requisite understanding and practical skills to manage their areas effectively and in cooperation with local communities.

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Protected Area Integrity/Field Ranger

The field ranger is at the forefront of anti-poaching and conservation efforts throughout Africa and globally. As the law enforcement component of nature conservation, rangers work in sometimes harsh and hostile environments. To do their jobs ethically, effectively, and safely, they need to be well prepared.

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Community Development and Youth Access

The College continues to have a positive impact on the development of the youth in South Africa, opening doors for them through providing marketable skill sets in the context of conservation and the environment. Through our RISE unit, we work with communities residing near or within protected areas to facilitate their involvement in conservation and the flow of related benefits.

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Responsible Resource Use

The Responsible Resource Use and Field Guiding Department is committed to the idea that the responsible use of Africa’s wildlife resources is essential to their conservation.

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Counter Poaching Operations - Aerial

Aerial support is critical to counter-poaching operations and data collection for conservation management. Read more about our Aerial Support Unit.

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Counter Poaching Operations - K9

The introduction of specially trained dogs into the anti-poaching arsenal is proving to be highly effective, both as tracking dogs with handlers, and as free-running packs with the ability to track and apprehend. They are a force multiplier, which allows the rangers to be more effective. Read more about our K9 Unit.

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Our Endowment Fund

The Southern African Wildlife College relies on donations for the various training courses and programmes offered. These funds are used to create scholarships that are then awarded to the three top and deserving students in the Higher Certificate Programme who then go on to complete the Advanced Certificate Programme.

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