The Southern African Wildlife College trains natural resource managers from around Africa in the expertise required to manage protected areas effectively. The campus training facilities equip learners the knowledge and skills they need in order to become a Field Ranger, including ground-to-air and K9 capabilities. The introduction of specially trained dogs into the anti-poaching arsenal is proving to be highly effective, both as tracking dogs with handlers, and as free-running packs with the ability to track and apprehend. They are a force multiplier, which allows the rangers to be more effective. The hounds, which are trained in Texas before being sent over to handlers in Southern Africa, are having a real effect combating poaching. This will in turn enhance exit/entry point detection of poachers, given advance warning of poachers to ranger patrols, and enable rangers to swiftly locate and apprehend fleeing poachers in the shortest possible time.
By providing training in skills as diverse as anti-poaching techniques, fire management, infrastructure development, geographic information systems and computer skills, and community liaison, the College is passing on the knowledge needed to sustainably conserve national parks and reserves and the animals, plants and people who depend on the parks for survival.
This money will be used for the equipment needed for training hounds
The ultimate vision of the College is to train professional natural resource managers to maintain Africa’s biodiversity in a manner that encourages community partnerships and local socio-economic development.
The hounds, which are trained in Texas before being sent over to handlers in Southern Africa, are having a real effect combating poaching.