The Southern African Wildlife College was conceptualized in 1993 and established in 1996 by the World Wide Fund for Nature, South Africa (WWF-SA) in close cooperation with interested and affected parties in southern Africa. This included national and provincial government departments, other conservation agencies and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
A grant made by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation (BMZ) via the German Development Bank (KfW) and WWF-SA made the construction of the College possible.
HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh officially unveiled the foundation stone of the SAWC on 28 October 1996 at the College’s entrance. Our sincere thanks is extended to the early pioneers of the College including the Late Dr. Anton Rupert and Dr. John Hanks, the then CEO of WWF-SA.