Conservation and the protection of wildlife is something I am intensely passionate about. So when I got the opportunity to join this course I was beyond excited to see what it had in store!
The course focuses on the art of tracking and more specifically on man tracking obviously. At a time when poaching of wildlife in Africa is at an all time high with multiple daily insurgencies, it is vital that as many people on the “the good side” get involved.
The course revolves around not only tracking and just about everything that goes into effectively tracking well experienced and intelligent poachers but also on gunshot reporting. This reporting is vital as it can help our anti poachers on the ground respond accurately and quickly to the scene of wildlife crimes and in this way affect arrests far more efficiently.
While on course, we were joined by some of the heavy weights of the industry such as anti poachers themselves, Kruger section rangers and tracking specialists. Who shared their wealth of knowledge on the issue. This gave us a small glimpse of the problems being faced and what is being done at the ground level to combat them.
A truly inspiring course to have attended. An incredible eye opener that leaves one with a solemn feeling of now is the time to stand up. This is a war and it is not as black and white as many people would like to think. I recommend that anyone with a burning passion for nature and wildlife sign up for this. It is of course not for the faint of heart but then again conservation in general is not.