Wildlife Warriors - Anti-Poaching Training
10 or 14 days
Up to 8 people
Up to 8 people
What's the project about?
Poaching of rhino in South Africa has increased 10-fold during the last decade, and the rhino again faces mass extinction. This anti-poaching training course is run by one of South Africa’s most experienced and decorated field guides, and a recognised anti-poaching expert. The course aims to give participants an in-depth understanding of conservation challenges, strategies and ethics. Learn practical anti-poaching techniques and join patrols in one of South Africa’s finest wilderness areas.
What will I be doing?
The programme is 20% theory and 80% practical, so most of your time will be spent in the field, learning first hand about the environment around you. You will cover wildlife identification, animal behaviour and big game tracking skills, plus anti-poaching techniques and procedures and firearms handling. You’ll also learn about the background behind the poaching industry and illegal wildlife trade. Study ecological relationships, wildlife law and bush survival skills.
What makes this project ethical?
By participating in this course, you are directly contributing to the conservation of African wildlife. Learn about the economic and environmental aspects of poaching, and engage in active measures to prevent poachers from targeting wildlife. Your instructor and guide are active participants in the poaching fight in South Africa, and your contribution ensures they are able to continue their work in the battle against the illegal wildlife trade.
The anti-poaching course is 80% practical, so the vast majority of your time is spent on patrol in the field, learning first hand about the environment and wildlife around you.
Learn about all aspects of poaching, including the illegal bushmeat, ivory and rhino horn trades, and about the economic factors involved in small and large scale poaching. You will engage in active anti-poaching measures to prevent poachers from attacking wildlife.
The course covers:
Wildlife identification and tracking
Volunteers undertake daily foot and vehicle patrols, and go on night drives to discover and monitor the kingdom of the nocturnal creatures.
- Big game and mammal identification and behaviour studies
- Bird and reptile identification and behaviour studies
- Learn big game tracking skills, focusing on rhino tracking
- Learn human tracking skills and carry out practical exercises
- Tracks and spoor identification
- Understand signs of animals and humans in the bush
- Monitor the movement of endangered and threatened species including nocturnal animals such as leopard and hyena
- Develop an understanding of poachers and the poaching industry – learn about what has driven the increase in large animal poaching in recent years and what can be done to counter it
- Anti-poaching techniques and patrol procedures – learn about patrol planning, identifying poaching hotspots, the art of camouflage and surveillance, and ambush planning
- Undertake snare patrols and the removal of traps and snares
- Learn day and night navigation skills
- Advanced firearm handling
- Arrest and search procedures – learn how to undertake a legal arrest, a vehicle search and man a road block
- Ecology – learn about the relationships between plants and animals, and the impact of one on the other. Study the different ecosystems in the area and learn about the consequent distribution of wildlife
- 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 (SAPS) and the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF).
Covid-19 - how you can help
South Africa's rhinos need you
This project directly funds the night feeds of 24 rhinos in the Waterberg region of South Africa, including two babies born in April 2020. As the dry winter months begin, with a number of mothers with calves and one heavily pregnant mother-to-be, the supplementary feed given by the project every day, has become even more critical.
The cost of feeding these rhinos comes to R42,000 ($2,400) a week. Ordinarily, volunteer and guiding fees cover the vast majority of this cost. If you are able to donate to this programme, please let us know.
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