Articles

Creating a new way forward for K9 units in conservation

The Power of the Pack or is it the Schnoz… By : Johan van Straaten – Head Trainer of the K9 Unit (Dog Master)Although canines are one of the oldest tools used in the art of detection and tracking, they are still proving, without a doubt, to be the most effective. As head trainer or...
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Give the gift of healthcare to our K9 heroes

The College’s K9 unit continues to be a game changer for conservation teams across the Greater Kruger working to stem the tide of rhino poaching. With support from its donors, the SAWC has pioneered an approach to combat rhino poaching that combines well-trained field rangers and the addition of free-running canine assets. The result is that...
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Inspirational time in Mozambique

Our Technical Associate, Elna de Beer recently spent three weeks in Mozambique (9 – 30 September 2022) being part of two new initiatives. The first two weeks were spent at Zinave National Park (ZNP) and Banhine National Park (BNP) respectively. This process focused on the recently signed agreement between the College and the Peace Parks...
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GEF 6 – Leading Heart ‘A class of distinction’

By Sboniso Phakathi – Project Leader: Rural Initiatives for a Sustainable Environment (RISE)The GEF 6 Project has an overall goal – to strengthen institutions and targeted communities to improve decision-making and reduce the rate of illegal wildlife trade in South Africa.In order to respond to capacity development needs within the project, a series of programmes...
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Pan African Conservation Education Connect

The College and Pan African Conservation Education (PACE), are partners in the Tusk Trust Network.  PACE is an educational programme initiated by Tusk Trust in partnership with Siren Conservation Education. The principle behind PACE is to show that everything in the environment is linked and that in looking after the environment, humans, wildlife, and people...
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Community and Youth Dept Update – Oct 2022

The Community and Youth Development Department continued to pursue its objective of making conservation accessible to all. In the third quarter, the Natural Resource Management, Terrestrial (Level 5) students were deployed back to their work places in their various countries and workstations.While the Level 5 class was sent for Work Integrated Learning (WIL), the Level...
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Air-wing Update – Oct 2022

The past three months have been a relatively busy period for the Air-Wing. Most of our efforts have been assisting with rhino de-horning projects on various reserves in the Lowveld. Our Savannah aircraft plays an integral part of these operations, allowing us to spot and locate rhino, and then providing an aerial control platform assisting...
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SOME LESSONS LEARNT – from a K9 Unit Student

By Bruce Missing I have been actively involved in conservation, specifically in counter-poaching in the Greater Kruger area for the last six years. Throughout my time, I have seen a variety of different strategies and tools used to combat poaching, all with varying degrees of success. However, one tool, which has been consistent since the...
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K9 Unit Update – Oct 2022

This last quarter has demanded a lot from the team. It has included a number of trips to reserves for consulting, training and to provide mentorship, much of which has been made possible with funding from the Ivan Carter Wildlife Conservation Alliance. Part of our aim is to expand our footprint across the African continent....
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