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INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS

The academy offers study abroad programs for students that will give you a practical grounding and depth into the discipline of wildlife forensics and provide a once in a life time experience.

During this course, you will: interact with wildlife and communities, gain insight into the human-wildlife conflict, and gather skills to prepare you for conducting wildlife forensic investigations.

 You will learn in a state of the art academy and in the part of the world with the most diverse large mammal fauna.

Target groups

Students and professionals in the fields of veterinary science (nurses and technicians included), wildlife forensics, conservation, ecology, animal management, wildlife management, life sciences and biotechnology.

Students that are willing to follow aforementioned studies and students that already have finished their study are more than welcome to apply.

Course Options

This course is designed for students and professionals from outside of Africa. It has a solid grounding in wildlife forensics with educational touristic activities. The course focuses on knowledge building and skills creation with interactive learning in the ecology of greater Cape Town.

The training includes the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Human wildlife conflict
  • Hand’s on in the experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training African park management and conservation
  • Digital forensics
  • Court house training
  • Injured and poisoned animal management
  • Human and wildlife conflict
  • One health wildlife and human risks and prevention
  • South African fauna and flora
  • Forensic Laboratory tour

There are many educational touristic activities:

  • San Cultural experience
  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • Marine conservation and research
  • Fynbos walk
  • Tour of Cape Point and Table Mountain
  • Cape Town waterfront and aquarium
  • Sea bird and raptor rehabilitation
  • Cheetah outreach
  • Game drives and big five reserve visits.
  • There will also be a social morning with surfing/sea kayaking/whale watching.

Cost $3250, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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This course builds on the two week course with another two weeks of expanded practical training and lectures with not only forensic but also veterinary and ecology topics. The venue will be the Wildlife Forensic Academy in the Western Cape and other educational sites in the Karoo and Eastern Cape. This course is suitable for wanting to receive a unique African Wildlife educational experience in the fields of wildlife forensics, veterinary science and ecology.

 

The training includes the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Human wildlife conflict
  • Hand’s on in the experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training African park management and conservation
  • Digital forensics
  • Court house training
  • Injured and poisoned animal management
  • Human and wildlife conflict
  • One health wildlife and human risks and prevention
  • South African fauna and flora
  • Forensic Laboratory tour
  • Field visit to Landmark Foundation research site in the Karoo, where promising research is being done to decrease predator and livestock conflicts and therefore retaliation predator killings
  • Basic African ranger training exposure
  • Filed visit to Amakhala Reserve in the Eastern Cape, for the following training:
    • Practical conservation management and conservation principles
    • Anti-poaching activities and experiences
    • Veterinary role in African conservation
    • Species specific management
    • Re-introductions and sustainable utilization
    • Applied veterinary pharmacology
    • Wildlife capture and immobilisation practicals
    • Handling and containment of animals
    • Protected area systems and economics
    • Socio-economic issues to consider in African conservation
    • Comparing conservation models
    • Pathologies and stress related mortalities
    • Helicopter exercise
    • Night drive telemetry with nocturnal species
    • Excursions: Game walks, game drives, sunrise solitaire, canoeing/river cruise, Born Free centre.

There are many educational touristic activities:

  • San Cultural experience
  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • Marine conservation and research
  • Fynbos walk
  • Tour of Cape Point and Table Mountain
  • Cape Town waterfront and aquarium
  • Sea bird and raptor rehabilitation
  • Cheetah outreach
  • Game drives and big five reserve visits.
  • There will also be a social morning with surfing/sea kayaking/whale watching.

This course goes into depth and provides hands on training for a unique African wildlife educational experience. The theory and knowledge gained from training at the Wildlife Forensic Academy is built on by field training that makes for a once in a lifetime experience.

Cost $6400, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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AFRICAN PROFESSIONALS AND STUDENTS

The academy offers training for African professionals such as rangers, law enforcement officials, customs officials and students in ecology, zoology, conservation medicine, veterinary science and other relevant courses.

The courses are designed to give knowledge and skills that are relevant to the African professional that will be exposed to wildlife crime scenes or illegal wildlife trade. The course level will be appropriate for the attendees.

Courses

  • Forensic awareness
  • Crime scene management
  • Wildlife trafficking
  • Forensic photography

This is a focused training program for professionals and students wanting to increase their knowledge and skills in the field of wildlife forensics. It is suitable for African law enforcement and customs officials, wildlife rangers, judiciary and those with an interest in developing knowledge and confidence in the wildlife forensic field.

The training will include the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy, handling and first aid
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Hand’s on in the experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training

The educational touristic activities:

  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • West coast national Park fynbos walk

Game drives and educational walks in surrounding reserves will supplement the training. The training will be done in a reserve on the West coast of South Africa.

Cost $900, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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This course is designed for students and professionals from Africa. It gives in-depth training of wildlife forensics and crime scene management. It is suitable for African law enforcement and customs officials, wildlife rangers, judiciary and those with an interest into getting a practical background to the field and developing their crime scene management skills.

 

The training includes the following:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Crime scene management
  • Forensic photography
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Forensic veterinary pathology
  • Human wildlife conflict
  • Hand’s on in the experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training African park management and conservation
  • Digital forensics
  • Court house training
  • Injured and poisoned animal management
  • Human and wildlife conflict
  • One health wildlife and human risks and prevention
  • South African fauna and flora
  • Forensic Laboratory tour

 

There are educational touristic activities:

  • West Coast Fossil Park
  • Marine conservation and research
  • Fynbos walk
  • Cape Town waterfront and aquarium

Cost $1950, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

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sTudy Visits

Conflicts between people and nature are increasing. As a result of population growth, livelihood expansion and development, wild animal numbers, species and habitat is decreasing. Intensive agriculture promotes managed mono-cultures, resulting in the habitat of animals becoming increasingly smaller. Due to over population and intensive industry, we pollute our planet and transform it into garbage dumps.

The good news is that people and organizations are starting to realize more and more that the exploitation of our environment must be stopped. Businesses, organizations and groups of like-minded people educate themselves on the current situation of our planet and ask themselves how can we make a contribution? To facilitate these groups, the Wildlife Forensic Academy organizes study trips.

During these trips you will hear the real story regarding the state of wildlife. And the hope that we can save what still can be saved. Lectures and excursions are organized under the guidance of passionate professionals. During  the trip you will gain insight into the threat that wildlife crime and illegal trade holds for our planet. We visit projects, we go to communities and we get inspired by speakers.  Everything takes place within the Western and Eastern Cape where we also get acquainted with the rich African history, wine and food culture in the finest locations. The study visit takes place in an entirely malaria-free environment. For this purpose, please do not burden yourself before and afterwards with taking malaria medication. 

The study visit is fully tailored to your specific wishes. Contact our team for more  information.

This course is a luxury educational wildlife forensic study tour. The lectures and practical training is give an immersion to the field of wildlife forensics, provide solid background information and a group building experience. The duration of the course is flexible and can be tailor made.

 

The academy educational component will include:

  • Introduction to wildlife crime, poaching and illegal trade,
  • Preservation of a crime scene,
  • Role of forensics,
  • Forensic traces (detection and collection),
  • Wildlife anatomy and handling
  • Hand’s on in the experience laboratory
    • Human behaviour at the crime scene
    • Virtual reality training
    • Crime scene scenario training

There are many touristic activities:

  • Fynbos educational walk
  • Franschoek Wine Tram Tour
  • Spier Bird of Prey Project
  • Cape Point and Table mountain tour
  • Aquarium educational tour
  • Community visit

Cost depends on duration, which includes accommodation, catering, transport and permits. Certain alcoholic drinks and transport to Cape Town are excluded.

 

Contact details

Please get in touch with us for applying at the Academy, further information or questions of any kind

Andro Vos
andro.vos@wildlifeforensicacademy.co.za

Greg Simpson
greg.simpson@wildlifeforensicacademy.co.za

SUPPORT A RANGER

Wildlife Forensic Academy’s ultimate goal is to combat wildlife crime. This task is being carried out by brave wildlife rangers, who are usually first to discover and enter a wildlife crime scene. However, due to a lack of forensic knowledge, they tend to destroy valuable evidence, thus they must be trained in crime scene awareness. By taking part in a course the Academy is set to offer ranger training at a low cost!

Apply for a course and support ranger training.

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To apply at the Academy, or for further information of any kind please contact:

Andro Vos
andro.vos@wildlifeforensicacademy.co.za

Greg Simpson
greg.simpson@wildlifeforensicacademy.co.za

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