Dear Friends, this is the first newsletter of the Wildlife Forensic Academy (WFA). This letter will inform you about the developments and progress at the WFA. We will circulate updates about the courses, success stories, challenges, partner content and other ways to get involved with us. Please remember to share our social media posts and encourage family, friends and colleagues join us on this adventure.
Signing of the agreement with Buffelsfontein
The founders of the Academy, Greg Simpson, Fred van Alphen and Andro Vos, signed an agreement with Paul Loubser, the owner of Buffelsfontein Reserve. The reserve will host the WFA and is only one hour drive from Cape Town. Students will enjoy the academy facilities, lodges and catering area surrounded by wildlife in their natural environment – an experience not to be missed.
The Atlantic Ocean and Table Mountain can be seen from the lodge
The establishment of the Academy
In March 2020 the main academy building will be built between the existing lodges. The Academy centre will host the classrooms and virtual reality laboratory used for education proposes.
Application to study
During March/April 2020 we will have discussions regarding customized programs and provide detailed information on courses, duration, prices and travel requirements (visa etc.). In September 2020 the first classes for visiting students will begin.
After the course at the Academy – students will have the option to enroll in an extended internship. Students need to apply well in advance to ensure that we find a suitable option for you in our partner network. Internship will be in the Western Cape which will allow students to enjoy the many exciting and beautiful activities on offer. During the internship the Academy, internship partner and students will work together to ensure goals and objectives are achieved. Our activities and adventure tourism partners will also be in touch to let you know what is happening and how to best enjoy your time in the Cape.
Presentations to colleges and universities
Over the past 3 months the Academy has presented to 5 Universities of Applied Science in the Netherlands and 2 in Belgium. Students have provided a great response and signed up to join the WFA in Africa.
In March we presented at Erasmus Hoge School in Brussels and met with lecturers from the University of Ghent.
On behalf of the Wildlife Forensic Academy I would like to thank the students from Van Hall Larenstein, de Hoge School van Amsterdam and Saxion for their enthusiasm and registration. In April we will provide updates to you.
Wildlife Forensic Academy in the media
The development of the academy has not gone unnoticed by the press – please have a look at this publication in the (national high quality newspaper in The Netherlands) Volkskrant of January 11, 2020.
Please also watch out for the broadcast on national television: Jinek, during March 2020
Wildlife is endangered! With your participation you enable the
Academy to train wildlife rangers in their combat against wildlife crime