Southern African Wildlife College

Project LocationHoedspruit, Northern Province, South Africa
Project TypeEnvironmental education

Southern African Wildlife College

The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) was a recipient of Tusk's Artemis Small Grant's Fund in 2008. A grant of £5,000 was given to SAWC to support seven African students from outside RSA (three from Swaziland and four from Zimbabwe) to attend the College’s Game Ranger 1 (unarmed) training course. The course was conducted throughout July 2008 at the Manyeleti Game Reserve. Game Ranger 1 Training Course

A learner who has achieved this qualification will be able to perform a multiple set of roles in assisting with the maintenance of the integrity of a conserved area, by integrating operational knowledge and skills.

On achieving this qualification the learner will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of nature conservation issues and conduct activities in an environmentally sensitive manner.
  • Carry out designated conservation security practices according to a plan, e.g. conduct routine security patrols in order to deter, detect and combat illegal activities within an area of responsibility.
  • Gather and report accurately on local and keystone wildlife species information to be used for population management purposes.
  • Demonstrate in their behaviour and lifestyle, a set of values and ethics centering on respect for self, others and the environment.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of HIV/AIDS and its implications.
  • Implement sound occupational health and safety practices in the workplace according to a plan.

Tusk Trust Funded Students

All seven completed and passed the course. They were enormously grateful for the opportunity to receive the training as can be seen in the comments from Modliwethu Lloyd Nyathi, aged 23, from Zimbabwe. ‘This course will benefit my career since I have successfully covered the challenges I usually encounter during my day to day duties as a field ranger. This course improved my basic skills in operation and it has highly motivated me. On behalf of my organisation and my fellow trustees, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Tusk for these opportunities.’

Nyathi was one of the students recommended for further development through advance training in ecosystem integrity practices. It is hoped that Nyathi and his fellow students will use their newly acquired skills to contribute to conservation in their respective countries in the future.

Notes from the field
With the support of its donors both locally and internationally, the Wildlife College is making a consistent, measurable difference in the management of natural resources throughout the SADC region, and indeed, throughout Africa. Since inception, more than 8,000 students from 26 countries in Africa have received training in natural resource management.

Over the years, Tusk Trust has supported training at the SAWC. Since 2011, Tusk has provided the College with funds to train field rangers in the College’s Wildlife Guardian Programme which is aimed at training people on the ground to deal with the current rhino poaching crisis in South Africa.
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