Anti-Poaching Training Course
- join us on the frontline
6 weeks -
Set start dates
Up to 25 people
Set start dates
Up to 25 people
What's the course about?
One rhino is poached somewhere in the world every 16 hours. Despite poaching numbers decreasing, rhinos are still being lost at an alarming rate. The major cause of this mass extinction is poaching. Our anti-poaching training course has been running since 1992 and is a leader in anti-poaching employment in South Africa. Recruits come from diverse backgrounds and ethnic groups and you will learn to live with each other and work as a team in times of crisis.
What's the role of a volunteer anti-poaching ranger?
The duty of an anti-poaching ranger is firstly to protect wildlife by preventing poaching and secondly to apprehend poachers. You are a visible presence to prevent and protect. This anti-poaching training course is not for the faint-hearted – you have to be fitter and stronger than the poacher you are after. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in the bush and operate on Big 5 reserves alongside permanent anti-poaching staff. If you are passionate about protecting Africa’s wildlife and willing to learn, this course is for you.
What will be covered in the course?
You will be trained to sleep out in a Big 5 area and to track, confront and convict armed poachers. The course will instil discipline from day one and teach counter-poaching tactics and teamwork. You will understand the reality of what it takes to be a wildlife guard and what sacrifices are made to protect Africa’s wildlife. You will develop a deep bond with Africa and its heritage and should share this knowledge with those who are unaware of what poaching and anti-poaching entail.
Anti-Poaching Training Course information
The course is open to males between the ages of 18-35 who have completed high school. If you are aged between 36 and 46 and in excellent physical shape, ideally also with a military background, you are also encouraged to apply. International students should also have a reasonable level of English, both speaking and understanding.
Team spirit and physical fitness is a prerequisite.
You have to be physically able and mentally disciplined to complete this course.
Acceptance will be following a telephone or online interview with one of the course instructors.
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