K9 Unit welcomes puppies

It’s hard to tell who is more proud of the 4 new arrivals (3 male, 1 female), mom V or Dog Master Johan van Straaten, who has high hopes for the pups. “The pups have already started training, getting socialised and used to people to build their confidence, and we’re about to start on tracking...
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News from the Southern African Wildlife College Trust

An opportunity not to be missed! The Trust spent two unforgettable days at the College to attend the “highlight event of the year”, the very special Wildlife Area Management student dinner, followed by the student graduation the next day. The College was a buzz of activity, and the students’ sense of whole-hearted excitement, pride and...
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Gawie's Field News

Gawie’s Field News, November 2017

It is mid-November and it seems rather likely that we are once again headed for a below average rainfall season. It started rather positively with some fairly good rains in September. We received a couple of small showers that got the grass going and then we had one good downpour that caused a few puddles...
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Founders Day Long Term Service Awards 2017

“Founder’s Day not only celebrates the day on which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled the foundation stone of the Southern African Wildlife College in 1996,  but highlights the fact that every staff member has jointly played a role in the organisation’s success.” This was the message from Southern African Wildlife College CEO...
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Elna and Sboniso

What it means to be a mentor, by Elna de Beer

“Joining the college in January 2017 to take up mentoring of Sboniso Phakathi, the person who became responsible for the RISE Unit at the end of 2016, was a decision based on the SAWC CEO’s belief in the ability of a young team and the courage to formally introduce mentorship as an innovative management and...
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Jeppe Boys’ Society and West Bengal Forestry Division

Jeppe Boys’ Society Since the last Bateleur addition, we have had the honor of hosting Jeppe Boys High School for their annual camp from 4-7 October 2017. SAWC has so much to offer schools in terms of giving the youth the tangible feel of what some of conservation career involve making the visit both fun...
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PH Assessment grading tool

Sustainable Use and Field Guiding: PH grading assessment tool

Our 2016/2017 Professional Hunting course has finally come to an end, the final semester examinations have been written and all students have thankfully passed. Our students have therefore completed the theoretical component of their studies here, and they will next year be doing the practical component – that of being an ‘appie’ or apprentice for...
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SADC Bridging Course

Youth Access: SADC Bridging Course

On the 27th September 2017. The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) recognised 27 learners from the wider SADC Region who completed a six-month-long Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education bridging programme. The memorable event was attended by approximately 50 guests, including graduates family and friends, donors, stakeholders, staff etc. The morning began with the drill demonstration...
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K-9 UNIT: Pack Leader and nutritional requirements

The feeding of the SAWC’s K-9 unit’s dogs is an expensive exercise – to the tune of about R 20 000 per month.  There is no getting away from the fact that our dogs need to be fed, so let’s do it ‘right’.  This is where Pack Leader, the distributors of ACANA and ORIJEN dog food...
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