Southern African Wildlife College

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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.
IFAW Provides Substantial Grant To Help Support Anti-Poaching Canine Capability 13 October 2017
Following a visit to the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), represented by Dr Joseph Okori, IFAW Regional Director Southern Africa and Director of IFAW’s Landscape and Conservation Programme, a substantial three-year grant was awarded to the SAWC by IFAW Internationaler Tierschutz-Fonds GmbH. This grant will support and enable the highest possible standards and best practices for the welfare of dogs working in the service of wildlife conservation at the College. This partnership is further aimed at supporting, training and building the capacity of the canine unit, which will in turn support the work of field rangers and wildlife law enforcement officers across Africa.
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).
SAWCT a Winner of the Second Edition of Emirates "A Greener Tomorrow" Initiative 15 May 2017
Emirates has selected three not-for-profit organisations working in wildlife protection and environmental conservation in Africa as the recipients of award funding under its ‘A Greener Tomorrow’ initiative.  

The winners, Southern African Wildlife College Trust, Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, and African Parks, were selected from a global pool of applicants working towards environmental sustainability and conservation in their respective regions.
Dynamic Alliance Established to Bolster Rhino Anti-Poaching Efforts 3 May 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.
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
April 2017 - Dr. Bartolomeu Soto Director General of ANAC (The National Administration of Conservation Areas in Mozambique) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the CEO of the Southern African Wildlife College, Theresa Sowry, which will facilitate the effective implementation of the objectives and principles established in the Convention on Biological Diversity, the SADC Protocol on Wildlife Management and Law Enforcement and Mozambican Policy on Biodiversity Conservation.
Hiking for Rhinos – Jo Devenish about to set off on her incredible trail 21 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.
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. 

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.
Adequate Leadership needed at the forefront of Conservation 6 December 2016
Leadership and man doing more to ameliorate his relationship with nature was the theme for this year’s Higher Education and Training (HET) Wildlife Area Management Qualification graduation at the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC). The graduands hailing from seven countries were honoured for their hard work and commitment to become better managers of our natural resources. This year the countries represented by the 43 graduands included Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Southern African Wildlife College Trust Celebrates Key Milestones at Casa Labia 10 October 2016
The Southern African Wildlife College Trust and its Founder Trustee, Countess Sylvia Labia, had the pleasure of welcoming supporters and donors to an event held on 4 October at the Casa Labia Cultural Centre in Muizenberg.
Wildlife College Help Bridge The Gap for Aspiring Conservationists 29 July 2016
The Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) recently bade farewell to the Conservation and Environmental Education bridging programme class of 2016. Their victory over this challenging six month course was marked by songs of celebration which filled the air as the 23 learners left the parade ground after their final drill.
Zero Poaching or Zero Wildlife? 31 May 2016

Following the World Ranger Congress in May 2015, the following information and links have been released to support the Zero Poaching framework, which is a global initiative Link: or (Twitter)

Hashtag: #zeropoaching

Below is the joint press release issued with quotes from variety of organisations, including the Southern African Wildlife College, supporting the Zero Poaching framework .

Links for series of great stories related to zero poaching: - What is zero poaching? - Asia's Wildlife Heroes (inc Nepal video) - Asia's Poaching Crisis (10 lesser-known Asian species affected by the poaching crisis)

New Appointments to the SAWC Board of Directors 20 May 2016


May 2016: The Southern African Wildlife College NPC’s (1996/005726/08) Board of Directors is proud to announce the appointment of Dr Bartholomeu Filimao Soto, Director General of the National Administration of Conservation Areas (Administracao Nacional de Areas de Conservacao - ANAC) in Mozambique, as Chairperson of the College Board. Dr. Sotho has been a Director of the Board since the College’s inception in 1996 and brings a wealth of experience and historical knowledge to the table.

256 Unemployed Youth Trained 29 February 2016
SAWC awarded Substantial Grant 26 February 2016
Graduates prepare to Conserve 2 December 2015
HRH Prince Harry visits SAWC 2 December 2015
SAWC Capacitates 41 Field Rangers for Deployment 30 November 2015
SAWC conducts National Flagship for the DEA 26 November 2015
Call to combine efforts, Create Partnerships and pool Resources if Conservation in Africa is to Succeed 5 December 2014
Youth given Access to Career in Conservation 7 November 2014
In Memory of Martin Mthembu 2 August 2014
SAWC recognised at Rhino Conservation Awards 2014 25 July 2014
DEA funded YES Students graduate at the SAWC 25 July 2014
Southern African Wildlife College wins Skills for Sustainability Award 6 June 2014
Africa's Biodiversity in Good Hands 6 December 2013
Wildlife College helps turn Unemployed Youths lives around 1 November 2013
African Field Ranger Training Services Aquisition 16 August 2013
A Big Thank You to RMB Morgan Stanley 1 August 2013
Anti-Poaching BatHawk takes to the skies 12 July 2013
SAWC Develops Rhino Ambassador Training for Communities in KZN 14 June 2013
Funds Raised for Wildlife's Fisrt Line of Defence 15 March 2013
Eco-School Leavers graduate at Wildlife College 27 July 2012
Wildlife College brings mobile library service to the community 6 July 2012
Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Land Reform celebrates National Youth Day at the Southern African Wildlife College 16 June 2012
Accreditation as Private Provider of Higher Education 1 October 2011
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