Ranger in Kaza Conservation area
Nature conservation

Nature conservation

More than just rangers

The Southern African Wildlife College is one of the best schools in Africa for nature conservation. Fighting poaching is also a part of the programme.

The sun hasn't even come up yet and the new recruits are already doing press-ups on the training grounds. Then it's time for a jog, a march and some singing. "I am a mighty ranger" is the students' anthem at the Southern African Wildlife College, which trains the future protectors of African wildlife.

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The Southern African Wildlife College, which specialises in conservation and sustainable national park management, was founded by WWF in 1996. It is located on the southern edge of the famous Kruger National Park, which is home to as many as 8,000 rhinos. However, these animals are being increasingly targeted by poachers, who kill the animals and smuggle their horns to Asia, where they are used in natural remedies and traded for high prices on the black market. In an effort to bring this poaching to an end with the help of trained staff, the college is expanding its capacities – with the support of KfW, which is funding the expansion on behalf of the German Federal Government.

Even without factoring in rhino poaching, the career of ranger is growing in importance. Southern Africa is now home to 18 transnational conservation parks, which are in need of qualified park managers. Nowadays, a ranger's duties stretch far beyond protecting animals. They also have to be capable of getting local people involved and establishing a sustainable tourism industry.

Southern African Wildlife College

Once they have graduated, the rangers also have the chance to work in KAZA Park, the world's largest transnational nature reserve. KfW helps to finance the park, acting as lead agency on behalf of the German Federal Government. The college is run by one of KfW's long-serving project partners, the Peace Parks Foundation.

Published on KfW Stories: Friday, 15 September 2017


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