Press Releases

Boost for regional conservation as Africa’s flagship wildlife training institutions commit to collaborate  

At an historic meeting on 2 May 2019, at the College of African Wildlife Management Mweka (CAWM) in Tanzania, CAWM and the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC), pledged to work together to find appropriate and scalable solutions to the conservation of African wildlife through capacity building and development. Formalised by a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)...
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New appointments to the Southern African Wildlife College Board of Directors

The Southern African Wildlife College Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Fundisile Mketeni as the new chair taking over from Dr. Bartholomeu Soto from May 2019. Mketeni, Chief Executive Officer of South African National Parks, holds a Masters Degree in Environmental Management with 30 years of experience in the field of Environmental...
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Boost for regional conservation training as the Southern African Wildlife College signs MoU with Government of Zambia

The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and the Government of Zambia, acting through the Ministry of Tourism and Arts (MOTA), recently signed a memorandum of understanding to formalise their collaboration to provide world-class conservation education, training and skills development in southern Africa. The MoU sets out a broad framework within which the parties seek to...
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A change of guard at the African Field Ranger Training Services Division

Since its inception the Southern African Wildlife College has conducted field ranger training across the African region to meet the needs of the conservation industry. Under the leadership of Ruben de Kock, who started working with the College two decades ago, the African Field Ranger Training Services Division, which falls under the College’s Protected Area...
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Fondation Segré approves grant in support of the work of SAWC and SAWCT 

With Fondation Segré’s commitment to help protect the biodiversity of our planet through the active conservation of threatened species and their habitats and the restoration of degraded ecosystems, the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and its Trust are proud to have been selected as funding recipients over the next three years (2019 – 2021). This...
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Passionate graduates conserving across boundaries

There is no doubt that the iIlegal wildlife trade is one of the biggest threats being faced globally, with species such as elephant, rhino, lion and pangolin being targeted across the African region. Without trained men and women on the ground, who are able to manage their wildlife areas sustainably, whilst also protecting vulnerable species...
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Dogs from the USA to be deployed to counter poaching

On 3 July 2018, the first of 10 new counter-poaching dogs arrived at South Africa’s OR Tambo International Airport from Texas, USA. These specially trained, free-running pack dogs are joining a highly motivated K9 Unit at the Southern African Wildlife College. Once settled and accustomed to their new handlers, they will be deployed in counter-poaching...
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Leader of the Packs

Poacher Alert! American houndsman extraordinaire Joe Braman is bringing his crime-fighting, dog-training expertise to the Southern African Wildlife College. When Joe Braman met SANPark’s Section Ranger Richard Sowry via a mutual friend and houndsman Wade Ruddock, Braman had no idea he’d soon be spending a month at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) in the...
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Southern African Wildlife College Trust

Africa’s conservation leaders of the future; your work has just begun

“Africa’s conservation leaders of the future; your work has just begun.” This was the message shared with the 46 men and women who graduated from the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) on 29 November 2017. During the ceremony, three graduates also received life-changing scholarships from the Southern African Wildlife College Trust. Hailing from seven African...
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IFAW Provides Substantial Grant to Help Support Anti-Poaching Canine Capability

Following a visit to the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), represented by Dr Joseph Okori, IFAW Regional Director Southern Africa and Director of IFAW’s Landscape and Conservation Programme, a substantial three-year grant was awarded to the SAWC by IFAW Internationaler Tierschutz-Fonds GmbH. This grant will support and...
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Graduates with their awards - Bridging Programme: Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education

A Head Start to a Career in Conservation

Twenty four students from five of the nine different provinces in South Africa namely; KZN, Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo recently graduated after completing a six month Bridging Course Programme: Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). The course focuses on exposing learners from historically disadvantaged backgrounds,...
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SAWC provides access to youth wanting to pursue a career in conservation

Twenty seven students from the five countries within the SADC region are in process of successfully completing a six month Youth Access: Conservation and Environmental Education Bridging Course offered by the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). The theoretical part of the course, which also includes practical application in line with the College’s applied learning approach,...
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