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Regenerative Land Management Project – Applied Learning Department

With the coinciding crises of climate change, biodiversity loss and human population growth the planet needs production systems that increase usable productivity while maintaining the services the environment provides. There is also an urgent need to recover services and biodiversity that have been lost through poor land management/use.The philosophy behind Regenerative/Holistic Planned Grazing is that...
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Creating a new way forward for K9 units in conservation

The Power of the Pack or is it the Schnoz… By : Johan van Straaten – Head Trainer of the K9 Unit (Dog Master)Although canines are one of the oldest tools used in the art of detection and tracking, they are still proving, without a doubt, to be the most effective. As head trainer or...
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Annual Review 2021

Dear friends and supporters of the Southern African Wildlife College,There are so many words that could describe the 2021 year under review, many of them an antithesis of one another. In parallel, many of us experienced both highs and lows as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to impact lives and livelihoods across the globe.When I look...
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Running Wild (again) in 2022

The College was thrilled to welcome back our Running Wild participants this year. With the inaugural event happening last year in support of the College’s four-tiered approach to counter poaching, it was wonderful to be able to look forward to an awesome fundraising event sans the post Covid-19 pandemic restrictions. Laughter and fun were the...
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IUCN Africa Protected Areas Congress – July 2022

Kigali Call to Action for People and Nature More than 2400 participants from 53 African and 27 other countries participated in the inaugural IUCN Africa Protected and Conserved Areas Congress (APAC) in Kigali, Rwanda from 18-23 July 2022. It was convened jointly by the Government of Rwanda, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature...
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In the words of a Trainee Field Ranger – Field Ranger Law Enforcement Armed Course

Dates: 24 JANUARY 2022 – 4 MARCH 2022 On 24 January 2022, we arrived at Zinave National Park (Mozambique), after a very gruelling basic field ranger selection. Upon arrival we were formally introduced to the Mozambican staff members Chef Estevo Chiure, Chef Samuel Matepsa, and Chef Helder and to the two South African instructors from...
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Coaching Conservation 2021 Review and Coaches

By Sboniso Phakathi – Project Leader RISEThe Coaching Conservation programme provides Innovative conservation education through the Learning from Wildlife Model, where kids learn about wildlife, and from wildlife behaviour and their individual attributes for application in their personal lives. Having started in 2019, 2021 marks the second year of SAWC implementing the Coaching Conservation programme, and this...
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A student’s experience: Field Ranger Law Enforcement Armed Course

DATE 18 OCT 2021- 26 NOV 2021On our arrival on Sunday 18 October 2021, Corporal Mbuso took us to our place of rest and welcomed us. This happened to be “Tents”, which most of us were not expecting, thinking we would be staying in proper rooms. We left our luggage and went straight to the...
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Pilot phase of future rangers programme a real success

During 2021, SAWC and Global Conservation Corps (GCC) engaged in a pilot phase of the Future Rangers Programme, whereby the two organizations partnered up to deliver high class environmental, conservation, and leadership curriculum to four schools in the Wildlife College’s area of influence, reaching over 1300 students between grades R to 8. A number of...
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Coaching Conservation – Learning from Wildlife

The Coaching Conservation programme provides Innovative conservation education through the Learning from Wildlife Model, where kids learn about wildlife, and from wildlife behaviour and their individual attributes for application in their personal lives. Having started in 2019, 2021 marks the second year of SAWC implementing the Coaching Conservation programme, and this year the programme managed to reach...
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