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The Southern African Wildlife College was established in 1996 by the World Wide Fund for Nature - South Africa (WWF-SA) in close cooperation with interested and affected parties in southern Africa. These included national and provincial government departments, other conservation agencies and organisations, and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Based 10 km west of the Kruger National Park’s Orpen Gate, it is a non-profit, public benefit organization aimed at promoting thought leadership and empowering people to manage and conserve some of the world’s most biologically diverse areas. It uses an applied learning methodology to deliver conservation education, training and skills development programmes both on site and across the SADC region and beyond. In doing so the College provides tomorrow’s conservation leaders and practitioners, including natural resource managers, field rangers, guides, wildlife monitors and the community, with the skills needed to become partners in conserving our natural heritage in responsible, inclusive and economically sustainable ways.


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Thabo Morele who is pursuing his studies in 2023 after enrolling on the National Certificate NQF 5 programme in Natural Resource Management:Terrestrial (Bursary R80,000)

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Carl-Zon-Zack Magielies who is enrolled in the Short Learning Programmes (R57,000 across all modules) - in preparation for the three-year Diploma in Applied Natural Resource Management, which is currently undergoing the accreditation process.

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