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SADC anti-poaching co-operation to be extended

(Source – defenceWeb – Africa’s leading defence news portal) Six SADC states, namely the close-knit countries of Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe have undertaken to co-operate in order to deal with the poaching scourge, particularly that of rhinos and elephants. The countries met last month in Mpumalanga for the fourth multilateral meeting...
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Poaching Statistics and Arrests – August 2018

At the time of writing, no reliable statistics could be sourced on the number of rhino poached to date. Unofficial statistics estimate the figure to be around 300 rhino to date, as of end July 2018. Poacher arrests have however increased exponentially due to the new pack-hound initiative. These dogs have at least an 80%...
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African Ranger Awards 2018

The Alibaba Foundation and The Paradise Foundation, a Chinese not-for-profit environmental conservation organisation, held the first annual African Ranger Awards ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa on 7 August,2018. The Awards recognize 50 wildlife rangers working in 17 African countries, and aim to raise global awareness about the need to conserve Africa’s wildlife and the...
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Kruger National Park loses first field ranger to a poachers bullet

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Respect Mathebule who succumbed to a poacher’s bullet in the line of duty. Trained by Ruben de Kock who has over two decades of experience in field ranger training, Respect is the first of Ruben’s students to have been killed in the line...
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What job takes the most, but gives more?

This article gives an insight into the challenges faced by people trained in law enforcement but, who like in any other job, are expected to complete a myriad of administrative tasks as well. The stakes in this case are just that much higher… The time supposed to be spent in the field as a Ranger...
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It’s all systems go at the College’s African Field Ranger Training Services Division

The College’s, African Field Ranger Training Services Division had training interventions running throughout July.  These training interventions comprised the following groups: A Basic Field Ranger course was completed on 13 July with 10 students attending. Students hailed from Mpumalanga Parks and Tourism Agency, Richtersveld National Park, Thanda Private Game reserve, Olifants Private Game Reserve and...
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Free-Tracking  Pack  hounds  continue  with  successful  apprehensions  

We have had great success in recent counter-poaching operations has been the SAWC’s“high-speed” free-running pack- hounds. These dogs are proving so effective in poacher apprehension work that the College has had to take additional security measures to protect the dogs from potential poacher attacks. Some reports cite the dogs as contributing to last year’s 24 percent drop in rhino poaching in...
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Looking back whilst playing it forward

Dr. Werner Vogt who attended the official opening of the College during its first year of operation in 1997 introduced himself to SAWC CEO, Theresa Sowry at a function organized by Friends of African Wildlife held in Zürich.  He regaled her with stories of his trip to South Africa where he met Madiba and visited...
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Field News – August 2018

 All regular readers will by now know that the late dry season is definitely my favourite time of year. Well defined game trails meandering through brittle dry yellow grass eventually ending at a small little waterhole. More mud than water, but they seem to sustain an endless variety of animals. From the dainty blue waxbill...
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