K9 Unit

Tag

Support our K9 Christmas Gift Campaign

The SAWC’s K9 unit is one of the most innovative and successful applied learning projects in Africa. Its anti-poaching successes on the ground have increased exponentially in recent years largely due to the four-tiered approach adopted to test best practice. This includes rangers, dogs, aerial support and community engagement.In supporting rangers on the ground, the...
Read More

International Rhino Foundation Awards $100,000 Grant to the Southern African Wildlife College

Strasburg, VA – The International Rhino Foundation (IRF) announced today a $100,000 grant to the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) to support training and anti-poaching operations to protect rhinos in the wild. The SAWC provides training to natural resource managers from across Africa. As part of its applied learning approach, the SAWC also directly operates...
Read More

News from the SAWC’s Dog Master

As we welcome in the month of May 2020 and whilst most are stilled locked away in their houses, the K9 Unit is still working full steam ahead by training, maintaining and preparing all our dogs and teams to be deployed onto the front lines. Being part of mandated essential services and seeing how life...
Read More

‘Unleash the Hounds’ on Carte Blanche

A wonderful serenity has taken possession of my entire soul, like these sweet mornings of spring which I enjoy with my whole heart. I am alone, and feel the charm of existence in this spot, which was created for the bliss of souls like mine. I am so happy, my dear friend, so absorbed in...
Read More

Conservation the real winner, as College’s K9 Unit and supporting teams win another award

The SAWC’s K9 Unit recently received the Kruger National Park’s Managing Executive award from Glen Phillips to honour the work of the SAWC’s free tracking hounds and the Kruger National Park rangers and pilots, including the SAWC’s aerial support unit, in helping to counter poaching. This follows on from last year’s win at the prestigious...
Read More

Pack Leader pledges support to K9 Unit

Thanks to the relationships fostered by Dr. Kevin Robertson who heads up the College’s Sustainable Use and Field Guiding Unit,  Pack Leader Pet Products (Pty) Ltd, a leading provider of nutritionally appropriate pet food, have taken a decision to support the SAWC’s K9 program with food at no charge, effective immediately. This exciting news comes...
Read More

Expanding K9 capacity continent-wide

Over the past three months, the Southern African Wildlife College’s K9 Unit has connected with a number of new contacts, largely through the team’s presence at a conference on working dogs in KwaZulu Natal as well as at the International Working Dog Conference in Johannesburg. What has followed is a series of invitations to assist...
Read More

Pups making progress

We only realise how quickly time flies when we are given the opportunity to see the rate at which something grows and develops. In our case, it has been seeing the four youngest members of the K9 unit become the clumsy ‘pre-teenagers’ they are now. At five months old, these little fur balls are already...
Read More

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...
Read More

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...
Read More