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,, 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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Gawie’s Field News, February 2018

The rain, or rather the lack thereof has been the subject of a lot of conversation lately. We have been living in hope the last couple of weeks. Meteorologists have been predicting good rain almost daily for our region and it has been hot and humid enough to warrant this but the rain just never seems to...
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Staff news

The end of 2017/ beginning of 2018 saw us usher in two new members of the SAWC “family”, when Professor Mtungwa (SHEQ/ Dispatch Officer: Maintenance) and his wife, Tebogo Mahlake (Receptionist) brought a beautiful baby girl into the world on 18 November 2018. Tebogo returned to work at the end of January, and as she...
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Training conducted

The Community Development and Youth Access department implemented one Short Course and the local Youth Access Bridging Course: An Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education during the first quarter of 2018. The Short Course programme was implemented at Rooiberg under the authority of Limpopo Wildlife Business Incubator who funded 15 students. The four day short...
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Student, Refiloe Mathetse, looking at parasite eggs in a wildebeest dung sample

Parasites to pachyderms

Recently the Colleges’ Higher Certificate Class (Nature Conservation) had the privilege of visiting the warden station of one of the Balule reserves, Parsons Nature Reserve, bordering the Kruger National Park. This excursion was part of the practical component of their Conservation Management Planning module. On the day of the excursion we left the College at...
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Baba Mchunu and Bhejane

Bhejane met the ‘Messenger of Mayibuye’

As part of the RISE team Bhejane, the unit’s mascot, also travelled to Mayibuye in December 2017, where he met Mr. Khuphuka Mchunu, known as the Messenger of Mayibuye. Baba Mchunu, now 82 years old, was removed from his home in 1963. After the first democratic elections in South Africa, land restitution became a high...
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Patterson also wrote “On examining his head, I found that a .303 bullet had smashed out one of his tusks, for the track of the bullet was left in the tooth stump. I must have given him a bad toothache the night he attacked.

The man-eaters of Tsavo

If you saw the movie “The Ghost And The Darkness” you’ll know something about the Tsavo man-eating lions. This is a story that has long fascinated me so I jumped at the opportunity while on a recent trip the USA to visit the Chicago Field Museum where these most famous lions now reside. For those...
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