The perilous 1,000-mile journey to save Africa’s endangered black rhinos
28 Oct 2022
A further group of SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy trainees graduated this week at Londolozi Game Reserve, completing their full-time one-year tracking course.
The group consists of seven tracker students from the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Limpopo and Mpumalanga provinces in South Africa, as well as from Zambia!
Five of the students obtained the Field Guides of Southern Africa’s Tracker Level 3 while two achieved Tracker Level 2 status. Students spent an average of 950 hours in the field practising their tracking skills. During the six months at Londolozi, the group had 35 lion and 18 leopard encounters on foot. This represents invaluable experience for these young men as they enter careers in the conservation industry. I am confident all seven students will be formally employed within the next four months.
On a separate note, Renias Mhlongo and I conducted student candidate interviews at Shaws Gate in Huntington Village two weeks ago. We were expecting 12 candidates to arrive for the interviews, instead of the 60 who showed up! We selected five of them for the course starting this month.
Story by Alex van den Heever
SA College for Tourism Tracker Academy Manager
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