Southern African Wildlife College


Field Rangers take to the Seas 7 December 2017
Over the past few months, the Southern African Wildlife College’s African Field Ranger Training Services Division has been involved in several training interventions
Africa’s Conservation leaders Of The Future; Your Work Has Just Begun 6 December 2017
This was the message shared with the 46 men and women who graduated from the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) on 29 November 2017. During the ceremony, three graduates also received life-changing scholarships from the Southern African Wildlife College Trust.
Southern African Wildlife College Celebrates Team Work and Long Service 10 November 2017
“Founder’s Day not only celebrates the day on which HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled the foundation stone of the Southern African Wildlife College, but highlights the fact that every staff member has jointly played a role in the organisation’s success.”
SAWC provides access to youth wanting to pursue a career in conservation 2 November 2017
Twenty seven students from the five countries within the SADC region are in process of successfully completing a six month Youth Access: Conservation and Environmental Education Bridging Course offered by the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). The theoretical part of the course, which also includes practical application in line with the College’s applied learning approach, commenced in 10 July 2017 with their graduation from the “classroom” taking place on 27 September 2017. During this time the students, who hail from South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia and Malawi, engaged in a variety of training modules which included: First Aid Level 1 training, Reptile Orientation, basic Field Ranger training as well as Environmental Education and Leadership.
Jo Devenish completes her Hike 24 October 2017
Jo Devenish’s exciting and arduous 2600 mile (4260km) expedition has been completed. She began the hike on 27 April 2017 and arrived at PCT monument, which signified the end of her journey on 30 September 2017.
Meeting the needs of the Conservation Sector 7 August 2017
In 2015 the WWF Nedbank Green Trust stepped in to help support anti poaching training efforts at the Southern African Wildlife College, based in the Greater Kruger area.
Southern African Wildlife College Receives Full Registration as a Private Higher Education Institution 21 July 2017
We are pleased to advise that the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) recently received notification from the Department: Higher Education and Training (DHET) that the SAWC’s registration as a Private Higher Education Institution was converted from Provisional Registration to Full Registration, valid until 31/12/2021.
A Head Start to a Career in Conservation 17 July 2017
Twenty four students from five of the nine different provinces in South Africa namely; KZN, Western Cape, North West, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo recently graduated after completing a six month Bridging Course Programme: Introduction to Conservation and Environmental Education at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). 

The course focuses on exposing learners from historically disadvantaged backgrounds, to the theory and practical application of environmental education and to the life of a field ranger in a conservation area whilst also imparting leadership skills. Learners undergo a contact training session at the College for four months and then are work-placed in host conservation organizations for two months to get a real understanding of an entry level career in conservation and to gain valuable field experience. During this time the learners actively participate in daily patrols, field operations, and the collection of field data, compiling field reports, game capturing/releasing, reporting procedures and attending poaching court cases

Hiking for Rhinos – Jo Devenish’s Progress 14 July 2017
Jo Devenish’s exciting expedition which began on the 27th of April is progressing well despite the many challenges faced on this daunting and arduous journey.
Dynamic Alliance Established to Bolster Rhino Anti-Poaching Efforts 29 June 2017
On the western boundary of Kruger National Park (KNP), private and community owned game reserves - represented as the Greater Kruger Environmental Protection Foundation (GKEPF) - have joined forces with conservation agencies, non-profit organisations and security service providers to bolster conservation management and realize increased environmental asset protection through integrated anti-poaching and security strategies across the region.
Christmas in July - Rhino Fundraiser, Dinner and Auction 22 June 2017
The Southern African Wildlife College is delighted to be the beneficiary of the Tintswalo Safari Lodge’s “Christmas in July” Rhino Fundraiser, Dinner and Auction. 
There will be some amazing auction items up for grabs, so if you are able to attend this fabulous, fun event, please see the details on image to the left:

Hiding In The Dark: Saving Lives in the Kruger National Park 4 May 2017
Hiding In The Dark-Saving Lives in the Kruger National Park
Hiking for Rhinos – Jo Devenish about to set off on her incredible trail 25 April 2017
Jo Devenish is about to set off on her hiking for rhinos adventure. She departed Dawson City (Yukon) on 19 April for Phoenix; this is where she will reside until tomorrow 26 April. She will then fly to San Diego where she will be staying with a Trail angel for the night of 26 April, who will drop her off at Campo to start the hike early morning on 27 April to hopefully finish by the time 1 October 2017 comes around.
ANAC and SAWC Sign Five Year Memorandum of Agreement to the Benefit of Conservation and the Protection of Biodiversity in the Region 21 April 2017
Leader of the Packs 15 March 2017
Poacher Alert! American houndsman extraordinaire Joe Braman is bringing his crime-fighting, dog-training expertise to the Southern African Wildlife College.  
When Joe Braman met SANPark’s Section Ranger Richard Sowry via a mutual friend and houndsman Wade Ruddock, Braman had no idea he’d soon be spending a month at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) in the Greater Kruger National Park helping to take the K9 programme to the next level.

Hiking For Rhinos 9 March 2017
Jo Devenish, an avid lover of wildlife and wild places, who is also passionate about hiking and exploring, is off on an exciting but also a rather daunting expedition. She will be hiking the Scenic Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from the Mexican to the Canadian border, a distance of approximately 2600miles (4260kms). She will be heading off on 27 April and is planning to finish by the time 1 October 2017 comes around. An epic adventure indeed!
Jobs Fund Project Makes History With Simultaneous Graduation of 119 Field Rangers 8 March 2017
The Southern African Wildlife College’s recent Field Ranger graduation ceremony was remarkable for two reasons; it was the biggest in South African history with 119 National Certificates in Nature Conservation: Resource Guardianship being awarded, with half the recipients being female. The ceremony marked the culmination of a 12-month intensive training programme which was part of a large-scale two-year project by the National Treasury’s Job Fund aimed at bringing about significant change whilst impacting the creation of alternative livelihoods, poverty reduction and socio economic development.
Nature's Guardians-Southern African Wildlife College 8 March 2017
Nature's Guardians-Southern African Wildlife College
Nature's Guardians-Training 8 March 2017
Nature's Guardians-Training
Nature's Guardians-Community & Rangers 8 March 2017
Nature's Guardians-Community & Rangers
Nature's Guardians-Dogs on Patrol 8 March 2017
Nature's Guardians-Dogs on Patrol
Nature's Guardians-Area Management 8 March 2017
Nature's Guardians-Area Management
SAWC Annual Review 2016 1 January 2017
Southern African Wildlife College Commemorates Founder's Day and Honours Long Service Employees 8 November 2016
Twenty years ago on 28 October 1996, HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh unveiled the foundation stone of the Southern African Wildlife College. To mark this special occasion and the tremendous growth the College has achieved over the years, the SAWC’s Executive Management team decided to pay homage to its staff by also instituting Long Service Awards to commemorate the day.
Sarah's Fire & Ice Ultra Marathon 23 August 2016
Sarah Watson, Programme Manager of the Tusk Trust, one of the Southern African Wildlife College’s long- standing donors is off on an exciting but daunting adventure to help support Wildlife Rangers across Africa.
World Ranger Day 2016 1 July 2016
Field Rangers within Africa often find themselves in the middle of war zones and other challenging conditions, including pressure from the communities in which they live. During the training of Field Rangers, African Field Ranger Training Services (AFRTS) - a division of the Southern African Wildlife College – focuses on preparing and developing individuals that will be on the front line to both carry out the necessary functions of a Field Ranger and to deal with community influences that may be brought to bear.
HOLD THE DATES-Student Graduation/Passing Out Parades 19 June 2016


Environmental Education (NQF Level 5) & Field Ranger Training (NQF Level 2)

SA Programme:

  • Wednesday 22 June 2016: Parade: 1h00 – 11h45 Graduation: 12h00

SADC Programme:

  • Friday 30 September 2016: Parade: 11h00 – 11h45 Graduation: 12h00


  • Friday 2 September 2016: 09h00 – 11h00

Southern African Wildlife College is Awarded Significant Grant Via United For Wildlife Supported by the Royal Foundation of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry 1 February 2016
Following the visit of HRH Prince Harry to the Southern African Wildlife College in December 2015, a grant of £370.0 was awarded to the College towards strengthening capacity and increasing training opportunities at this SADC recognised centre of specialization in conservation education, training and skills development.
HRH Prince Harry Visits the Southern African Wildlife College 2 December 2015
The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) was privileged to be included in HRH Prince Harry’s visit to South Africa as part of a Royal Tour, which included stops in Lesotho, Cape Town, Durban, the Kruger National Park and Johannesburg. Following his visit to the Kruger National Park, on 2 December 2015 he met with students at the College’s Field Ranger training base and then went on to meet with the graduands of the Wildlife Area Management training programme.
Specialised Training for Rhino Guardians 31 July 2015
In 2015, 16 Young men from rural southern Africa received their national certificates in Wildlife Tracking from the SA College of Tourism Tracker Academy in Graaf Reinet, South Africa. These young graduates earned their qualification during an intensive 12 months accredited tracker course.
GIS & land-use planning training 23 February 2015
The Peace Parks Foundation GIS team recently visited the Southern African Wildlife College to train the Higher Education and Training protected area management students. The objective of the training is to expose students to GIS and to empower them to do their field work more effectively. The first module is an introduction to GIS software, which lasts two weeks, followed by a week-long module that focuses more on the application of the GIS tool for land-use planning.
DEA funded YES Students graduate at SAWC 1 August 2014
July 2014 marked not only the end of a year of experiential learning for the 86 Department of Environmental Affairs' (DEA) Youth Environmental Service (YES) students, but also the beginning of a new chapter for them as they will now need to apply their skills in their prospective work environments.
Skills for Sustainability Award - Winner: Southern African Wildlife College 27 June 2014
Since 1996 the Southern African Wildlife College has provided vital skills training in wildlife management and nature-based tourism to support the socio-economic development of southern Africa. By the end of 2013, more than 10 480 students from 46 countries had been trained in natural resource management.

The college's efforts are crucial for the future of biodiversity, says spokesperson Jeanné Poultney, because it provides "adequate training for the custodians of Africa's dwindling wildlife populations and natural resources"."High priority is placed on co-operation with local communities living in the buffer zones surrounding game parks, who will play a vital role in the unified approach to the sustainable management of natural resources and sustainable development."
Africa's biodiversity is in good hands 17 December 2013
This year the Southern African Wildlife College was privileged to welcome Senior Chief Inyambo Yeta from the Simalaha Community Conservancy in Zambia to the graduation of its protected area management students at the higher education and training level.
Wildlife College betters the lives of unemployed youth
Wildlife College betters the lives of unemployed youth 20 November 2013
Thirty previously unemployed youth proudly bid farewell to the Southern African Wildlife College after completing a 12-month training for a National Certificate in Resource Guardianship. The training programme, which is aimed at helping safeguard Africa's threatened species, is part of a youth development programme initiated by the College, funded by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) Jobs Fund and supported by the Rand Merchant Bank Environment Fund, the Welverdiend Community and Kruger National Park.
College develops rhino ambassador training 11 July 2013
The Southern African Wildlife College has, with the support of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, been instrumental in developing the training materials and conducting the initial training of community rhino ambassadors drawn from local communities surrounding four of KwaZulu-Natal's protected areas that have rhino populations.

The community rhino ambassador programme was initiated by Dr Bandile Mkhize, Chief Executive Officer of Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, to raise a groundswell against the poaching of rhinos and to help spread the "save the rhino" message. Initially ten amakhosi (tribal leaders) living around Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park were approached in September 2012. The communities identified as the most critical for the initial launch of the programme included Mpukunyoni, Mdletsheni, Obuka, Mandlakazi, Zungu, Mlaba, Mhlana, Somopho, Matshamnyama and Mpembeni.
Southern African Wildlife College supports local communities
Southern African Wildlife College supports local communities 2 May 2013
As a way of generating a love for reading from a young age, the Southern African Wildlife College Resource Centre started the Bookmobile Project in 2012. The main goal of the project is to make books available to children from the local community. These children do not have access to reading material, as there are no community libraries and most schools do not have a functional library.
2012 Wildlife College graduates challenged to find solutions 10 December 2012
With the graduation of its 2012 certificate course students, the Southern African Wildlife College this year celebrated 15 years of developing protected area management expertise across the southern African region and beyond.
Eco-School Leavers graduate at Wildlife College 8 August 2012
Twenty three young people, mostly hailing from local community eco-schools from across South Africa, recently completed a six month intensive conservation and environmental education bridging course at the Southern African Wildlife College.
Wildlife College brings mobile library service to the community 1 August 2012
With the assistance of Biblionef, a book donation agency, the Southern African Wildlife College has started a mobile library service for primary schools in the surrounding community. The programme forms part of the Wildlife College's community outreach programme and is aimed at providing access to reading materials.
Conservation training gets major cash boost 22 May 2012
The annual African Wildlife Heritage Gala Dinner, now in its sixth year and aimed at supporting worthy conservation causes, recently raised a remarkable R1, 286-millon in one night. The event's fundraising efforts over the past six years top R8-million, which underpins the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA's) commitment to conservation.
Training unemployed youth as conservation general assistants and field rangers 25 March 2012
The South African Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform, Mr Lechesa Tsenoli, visited the Southern African Wildlife College to celebrate National Youth Day on 16 June and to meet with unemployed youth from all over South Africa who are currently being trained as conservation general assistants and field rangers at the Wildlife College.
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