Southern African Wildlife College Skilled Practitioner Classes Courses Offered
Protected Area Governance
Protected Area Governance and Principles of successful Community Based Natural Resource Management. This talk is given by Ms. Elna de Beer and Ms. Sandy du Plessis and is 1 hour 30 mins.
Introduction to Community Based Natural Resource Management
Introduction to Community Based Natural Resource Management. This talk is given by Ms. Elna de Beer and Ms. Sandy du Plessis and is 1 hour 30 mins.
Trans-frontier Conservation Areas in Southern Africa
Trans-frontier Conservation Areas in Southern Africa. Focus on their rationale, joint tourism plans, zonation plans and management plans. This talk is given by Ms. Sandy du Plessis and is 1 hour 30 mins.
Introduction to Protected Areas & Buffer Zones in South Africa
Introduction to Protected Areas & Buffer Zones in South Africa This talk is given by Prof. Alan John Gardiner, Ms. Marie Tinka Uys, Ms. Marisa Coetzee and Ms. Sandy du Plessis. It is 1 hour 30 mins.
Introduction to the Manyeleti Case Study
Introduction to the Manyeleti Case Study. Manyeleti Land Claimants. This involves a 1 hour 30 min talk with Mr. Ashwell Galsson, Ms. Jenny Newenham or Ms. Sandy du Plessis and a 1 hour 30 min interaction with community reserve land claimants through an excursion.
Panorama Route Guide Tour
Panorama Route Guide Tour – an add on to Eco-tourism in practice. Discussions on Eco-Tourism in the Kruger2Canyons Biosphere. This is a guide full day tour and is taken by Mr Ashwell Glasson, Ms. Jenny Newenham or Ms. Marilize van der Walt.
Develop your own Tourism Development Plan
Practical: Students develop their own Tourism Development Plan and present or visit Ngala Lodge (5star) within a protected area. This activity is taken by Mr Ashwell Glasson or Ms. Jenny Newenham and takes about 1 hour 30mins to 2 hours to complete.
Sustainable and Responsible Tourism – The role of EIA’s Tourism Development Planning (TDP)
What is sustainable tourism? Is there a balance between the economic benefits and the ecological impacts involved? This class introduces the role of EIA’s in tourism development plans and the factors that needs to be taken into account when planning for tourism activities.
Tourism opportunities in Rural Communities
Tourism opportunities in Rural Communities – Challenges (Trip to nearby communities) – Wild Olive Tree Camp or Manyeleti Nature Reserve (Community Owned) and or village areas. Many rural African communities live either in or around protected areas. Rural communities also wish to draw on the influx of tourists to their region and have endeavored through small businesses to services clients.
Tourism development in South Africa
The development of tourism in South Africa because of its wide variety of natural resources across the whole country has made South Africa one of the world most sought after holiday destination.
Tourism: Advantages and disadvantages in South Africa
The many different services that tourism in South Africa offers her tourists has both advantages and disadvantages. Advantages because of the multiple job opportunities this industry creates for many local people in their region.
The Role aircraft has in anti-poaching operation with the Greater Kruger National Park
Aircraft has had an increased role in today’s counter poaching strategies. Various aircraft have been used in combination with ground patrols for this purpose, although the SAWC has mainly used BatHawk and Savannah aircraft. Helicopters are also frequently used.
PASOP – Protected Area Standard Operating Procedures in Practice
Protected Area Security Operations planning and Standard operating procedures in protected areas for Counter Poaching units not only creates a platform from which all are on the same page, but may also mean the difference between life and death for either the field ranger or the poacher. Having a plan and these procedures within protected areas creates much needed synergy in teams involved in hot pursuit operations, and has produced many successful results for Rangers.
Visit to K9 Unit & Dog Handling Demonstration
Visit to K9 Unit & Dog Handling Demonstration. This talk is given by AFRTS Representatives and is 1 hour 30 mins.
Visit to K9 Unit
Dogs have become an integral part of current counter poaching operations. In combination with aerial and ground patrols, dogs have become the 3rd greatest component of successful apprehension of poachers in protected areas. A visit to our K9-Unit gives some insight into their role and how we can’t afford not to have them on tactical teams any more.
The Field Ranger: Paramilitary Programs at SAWC
Being a field ranger is not for the faint hearted in today’s protected areas. The era of field rangers today face the same challenges that soldiers face on the front lines of a full scale war, defending the cause of wildlife and the much needed nature reserves these species require to survive. The heart, attitude and skill of field rangers to be the local law enforcement on the ground needs much time and preparation if he or she is to stay alive when in hot pursuit and coming into contact with poachers.
Current situation on Rhino and Elephant poaching in South Africa
The current numbers of many species are declining at an unprecedented rate in many regions of Africa due a complex international dilemma with regard to use of wildlife products. This class mainly focuses on the current Rhino crisis and the current interventions that has been implemented in an effort to curb the decline in Rhino populations in South Africa and Africa from a counter poaching paramilitary conservation viewpoint.
Wildlife Damage Control & Wildlife Electric Fencing
The use of fences to limit animal movement and demarcating reserve boundaries has been very successful in South Africa, but there have also been numerous associated problems. Unlike South Africa, many of the rest of Africa’s nature reserve have not been fenced, thus making free-ranging wildlife harder to contain and manage.
Community Wildlife Conflict and Interactions
There are many influencing factors that need to be taken into account regarding community wildlife conflict. Such conflict differs regionally and one solution does not necessarily work for all similar situations.
Behavior, sex determination and aging of Leopards
The conservation of Africa’s leopards is an integral part to the maintenance of pray populations alongside lions and cheetah. The behavior, gender ratios and age of leopards in the wild all influences the survival rate of these magnificent cats.
International pressure threatens the hunting industry: Behaviour and ageing of lions
International pressure and resistance to the sustainable use of wildlife as a conservation tool has reached catastrophic proportions. Never before has hunting come under such pressure despite the fact that the international perception of how Africa views and values its wildlife resources is poorly understood by those who shout the loudest.
The history and impacts of Wildlife Diseases in the African landscape
Diseases effecting Africa’s wildlife have on many occasions changed the course of the continent’s history. Some diseases have even caused wars.
Ageing, behaviour, reproduction and the challenges of managing Southern Africa’s elephant populations
Conservation of the remaining mega herbivores of our time is a challenge for many reasons. The African Elephant requires large areas to survive and they are a highly fertile species.
Legislation and International pressure that threatens the hunting industry
Legislation and International pressure that threatens the hunting industry. The case of Cecil the Lion and the repercussions – Impacts This talk is given by Dr. Kevin Robertson and is 1 hour 30mins.
Importance of Genetic Sustainability
The sustainable utilization of Africa’s wildlife is its only hope for long-term survival. For the ‘sustainability’ concept to work it needs to stand on for pillars – ecological sustainability, financial sustainability, social sustainability and genetic sustainability.
Value of wildlife today in Africa
Value of wildlife today in Africa (Hunting as a proactive tool to conserve wildlife). Importance of hunting in conservation economics in the current African landscape. This talk is given by Dr. Kevin Robertson and is 1 hour 30mins.
The South African Model: History of economics and ownership of wildlife.
Value of wildlife today in Africa (Hunting as a proactive tool to conserve wildlife) and the importance of hunting in conservation economics in the current African landscape.
Game Capture Techniques and the Captive Handling of Various Species
Various techniques are used to capture and translocated wildlife from one reserve to the other. Many factors needs to be taken into account when such operations are executed, and the costs involved with operation like these can be tremendous depending on the type of species, the location, the expertise involved and the distances animals would need to travel.
Impacts of Climate Change on Savanna Ecosystems
Impacts of Climate Change on Savanna Ecosystem. This talk is given by Dr Cleo Graf and is 1 hour 30mins.
Top down vs bottom up control of ecosystems
op down vs bottom up control of ecosystems. This talk is given by Dr Cleo Graf and is 1 hour 30mins.
Invertebrates and their Role in the Savanna Ecosystem
Invertebrates and their Role in the Savanna Ecosystem This talk is given by Dr Cleo Graf and is 1 hour 30mins.
Biodiversity of South Africa / Swaziland Trans frontier Conservation area
Biodiversity of South Africa / Swaziland Trans frontier Conservation area (Songimvelo- Malolotja) This talk is given by Mr. Ashwel Glasson and is 1 hour 30mins.
Mega-Herbivores, their role in the greater ecosystem and why we need to conserve them. This talk is given by Dr. Kevin Robertson, Dr. Yolanda Pretorius or Dr Cleo Graf and is 1 hour 30mins.
Reserve Management Plans
Reserve Management Plans – How to compile and implement This talk is given by Prof. Alan John Gardiner, Dr Cleo Graf or Dr. Yolanda Pretorius and is 1 hour 30mins.
Understanding the Behaviour of Species
Understanding behaviour of species and the importance of research and monitoring. This talk is given by Prof. Alan John Gardiner or Dr Cleo Graf and is 1 hour 30mins.
Managing for Biodiversity
Managing for Biodiversity: South Africa’s diverse ecosystems. This talk is given by Prof. Alan John Gardiner or Dr. Cleo Graf and is 1 hour 30mins.
Management of Elephants
This talk is given by Dr Yolanda Pretorius and is 1 hour 30mins.
Kruger2Canyons Biosphere and the Greater Limpopo Trans frontier Conservation Area and SAWC’s role within the Biosphere This talk is given by Prof. Alan John Gardiner or Dr. Cleo Graf and is 1 hour 30 mins.
Introduction to SAWC as a college
Introduction to SAWC as a college, course types and the students. Learn where they come from and their impact. This talk is 1-2 hours long