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K9 Unit welcomes Robynne Wasas

Robynne Wasas recently joined the college’s dynamic and highly successful K9 unit as its newest Deployment Manager/ Trainer, joining Simon Minisi, also a Deployment Manager/ Trainer, and ably assisted by Kennel Hands/ Trainers Precious Malapane and Pleasure Mathebula, under the leadership of Dog Master Johan van Straaten.


Robynne Wasas recently joined the college’s dynamic and highly successful K9 unit as its newest Deployment Manager/ Trainer, joining Simon Minisi, also a Deployment Manager/ Trainer. They are ably assisted by Kennel Hands/ Trainers Precious Malapane and Pleasure Mathebula, under the leadership of Dog Master Johan van Straaten.

Robynne Wasas

Robynne originally hails from KwaZulu Natal, gaining her initial field guide experience there, before moving up to the Timbavati area in 2015. Robynne is ideally suited for her new role with the College, having a wealth of experience in field work, and being an accredited and experienced firearm user who is  able to handle a variety of weapons.

Robynne has been involved in training dogs within conservation areas and has successfully completed several dog handling/ training course, including one of the College’s internal courses.

Robynne describes herself as follows: “Professional, passionate and dedicated Dog Handler and Field Ranger. Having always lived and worked in the South African bush, I am committed to dedicating my life to conserving and protecting our wildlife and environment. Being a humerous but level-headed go-getter I never shy away from hard work and long hours. I believe I am an excellent addition to the team as I have spent every moment learning and studying the incredible wildlife around me and am always thinking of new ways I can help. I am trained in the Anti-Poaching Field and would love the opportunity to learn more and do more in this sector. I believe the future of anti-poaching lies in the use of canines in all aspects of ranger work as I have seen the benefits myself. There is nothing as unstoppable as a good K9 team that is highly trained and motivated.”