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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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USING DIFFERENT TOOLS AND STRATEGIES TO MONITOR AND PROTECT WILDLIFE

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...
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Its full steam ahead for the SAWC’s Airwing

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...
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Resource Guardianship students return

The year 2021 started with the return of 73 students sponsored by the Department of Agriculture Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) and 25 students sponsored by the National Skills Fund (NSF) respectively. The two groups are training off site and continued with contact sessions at Welverdiend Community Venue and Manyeleti Nature Reserve. The groups...
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Strengthening community capacity to reduce the rate of illegal wildlife trade in South Africa

In August 2020, the Southern African Wildlife College entered into an agreement with Peace Parks Foundation to partner in implementing the Global Environment Facility 6th Replenishment (GEF6) called ‘’Strengthening Institutions, Information Management and Monitoring to Reduce the Rate of Illegal Wildlife Trade in South Africa’’.  The project focal areas include the broader Makuya area, Sabie...
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Transfrontier Conservation Management training goes online…

The SAWC recognises that the SADC-Transfrontier Conservation Area (TFCA) programme, specifically the component on skills capacity development and networking, cooperation, and information exchange, are fundamentally crucial to the development of TFCAs and marine protected areas in SADC-region. The SAWC has provided skills and capacity building training for TFCA needs over a sustained period within the SADC...
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From the desk of the Registrar

Unsurprisingly the year started with the impact of the second wave of Covid-19 in South Africa. Managing the ever-increasing complexity in supporting student returns and movement across South Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region has been one of the most arduous activities to date this year.The closure of most land ports on...
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