Why join this course?
You will learn about all aspects of poaching, from the illegal bush meat, ivory and rhino horn trades, to the economic factors involved in poaching. You will engage in active measures to prevent poachers from attacking wildlife in the area. The course is 80% practical, so most of your time is spent in the field, learning about the environment and wildlife around you.
What does the course cover?
Wildlife identification and tracking
- Undertake daily foot and vehicle patrols, and also night drives
- Big game identification and behaviour studies
- Big game tracking skills focusing on rhino, leopard and hyena tracking
- Tracks and spoor identification
- Understanding the signs of humans in the bush
- Monitoring the movements of threatened animals
Learn about the poaching industry – what has driven the recent increase in large animal poaching and what can be done to counter the threat
- Learn anti-poaching techniques and patrol procedures
- Undertake snare patrols
- Navigation skills by day and night
- Advanced firearm handling
- Arrest and search procedures
- Ecology – learn about the relationships between animals and plants and the impact of one on the other
- Conservation practices
- Wildlife law
- Basic first aid and snake bite treatment
At the end of the course you will receive a certificate of participation recognised by the South African Police Service and the International Anti-Poaching Foundation.