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Moving Forward

Through testing and ensuring best practice for conservation organizations, the SAWC remains abreast of current conservation challenges, and has expanded the SAWC field ranger training base, to include both Aerial Surveillance and a Canine Capability.

These two units are seen as foundational building blocks of the College's four-tiered approach to counter poaching.  Without these aspects, our rangers will not be able to be trained to the level they need in order to be fully effective in the field and achieve the successes they are currently having. In addition, the College has a fully-fledged Rural Initiatives for a Sustainable Environment (RISE) unit to help ensure community beneficiation and buy in.  


This has resulted in the thwarting of rhino being poached, successful arrests, and the recovery of weapons, including firearms and axes. Running off leash, the dogs have been able to speed up and streamline the response, which has further been supported by our aerial capability.

These are important milestones for the College’s counter poaching training efforts and the applied learning support provided. The K9 and aerial unit, has justified our faith in their potential and have delivering solid proof of concept after months of intensive training. Together with all the parties involved we have also written up “Standard Operating Procedure” on how to apply the High Speed Tracking Dogs so that they are used in the most effective way, both by the College and other conservation organizations across the region.

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ABOUT HORN Medicine

Our Horn Is NOT Medicine was founded by Lee-Anne Davis on January 12, 2012.

Contact

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Email: ourhornisnotmedicine@gmail.com

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