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Our changing climate and weather patterns

Climate predictability has become more difficult to assess over recent years due to continued climate change on a large scale. Rainfall data visualisations show that 2017 was one of the driest years recorded in the history of the Lowveld, as well as some of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in decades. The recent drought in...
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The Southern African Wildlife College pack dogs, our unsung heroes of conservation

A powerful new weapon to our counter-poaching arsenal are the new formidable pack dogs, trained and housed at the Southern African Wildlife College K9 unit. These dogs are set to be the new game changer in the war against poaching and have already had a considerable impact in this role. Johan van Straaten, dog-master and...
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Pack dog success

Day 1: We were called to assist with a SANParks operation.   Field rangers had detected incoming spoor on their eastern Mozambique border.  The SANParks helicopter picked up the section ranger, our dog master and our pack dogs.  It was estimated that the track was nine hours old.  The dogs picked up the tracks and followed...
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A busy first quarter

The last quarter has been incredibly busy for the Academic team. At this time of the year, we focus on the arrival of our higher education students and of course, staff development. In January, our Dog Master, Johan van Straaten, Altin Gysman and Ruan de Flamingh, our new Field Ranger training instructors successfully completed their...
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Poaching update and stats as at February 2018

In January 2018, Minister Edna Molewa from the South African Department of Environmental Affairs released the 2017 poaching numbers in South Africa: 1,028 rhino were poached in 2017, which indicated a slight decline (26) from the 1,054 animals killed in 2016. This is of course no reason to celebrate, it’s still horrifying on all levels...
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A few days in the lives of field rangers and our high speed tracking dogs

Day 1: We were called to assist with a SANParks operation.   Field rangers had detected incoming spoor on their eastern Mozambique border.  The SANParks helicopter picked up the section ranger, our dog master and our pack dogs.  It was estimated that the track was nine hours old.  The dogs picked up the tracks and followed...
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WildArk Announces US$96,000 to support conservation initiatives

WildArk is pleased to announce that through its Ambassador Mick Fanning and the Omaze campaign late last year, $US 96,000 was raised to support its mission. Its not-for-profit, WildArk.org, will receive a grant to fund the following initiatives: Field ranger training, K-9 anti-poaching and aerial surveillance units at the Southern African Wildlife College at the frontline...
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Visit to Madagascar Biodiversity Centre

Prof. Alan Gardiner, Head of the Applied Learning Unit at SAWC, was recently in Madagascar. He was hosted by the Madagascar Biodiversity Centre in Antananarivo, which is the development of Dr Brian Fisher (Curator of Entomology and Patterson Scholar at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, USA). The centre has started a cricket breeding...
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A hearty thank you as we embark on 2018

2018 an exciting year ahead… After scrambling back in January after a much needed and welcome break, we would first of like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to all our supporters and donors for their generous and committed support in 2017.  We could not have done it without you! 2017 proved to...
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