© Koos van der Lende
© Koos van der Lende
Southern African Wildlife College

27 June 2011


The Southern African Wildlife College near Hoedspruit in Mpumalanga, South Africa opened its doors in 1997 thanks to the support of WWF-South Africa and Peace Parks Foundation who shared the vision of building the capacity of staff in wildlife areas.

Since its inception in 1997, the College has trained more than 8 000 students from across Africa in the essential skills of managing parks and conservation areas.

Peace Parks Foundation has been sponsoring student bursaries since 1997 and contributed to the college’s operating costs from 2004 to 2012. More recently the college has expanded its relevance and reach and created opportunities to ensure its financial sustainability. It has also developed and diversified training products to address training needs across a broader spectrum. In 2011 the college achieved accreditation at the higher education and training level, which means that its certificate courses are credit bearing and enable graduates to further their studies at recognised tertiary institutions. In 2012 the college signed a new memorandum of understanding with Peace Parks Foundation whereby the foundation is subsidising the higher education course students, contributing towards fundraising for conservation projects and serving as a business partner for training initiatives in the TFCAs.

Many of the college’s graduates have gone on to occupy senior positions in some of the region’s most prominent wildlife areas.

For information on the training programmes of the college and on how you could support it, please go to the Southern African Wildlife College website.


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