We are almost wrapped up with a sponsored anti poaching ranger training course in South Africa. GCF Instructors Calvin Kipling, Marcus Chischilly, Mike Veale, and Chrisjan Visser (of Kilo 9 Kennels) have been busy!
The existing anti poaching unit is being taken through a full advanced course, 4 weeks long, with everything from combat tracking to wilderness survival.
The timing for the start of this course couldn’t be better as the rhino conservation community celebrated the 25 year convictions of the Ndlovu gang and the birth of new baby rhino, “Justice”, to Thandi, the poaching survivor.
Photo Credit – Kariega Game Reserve
We are proud to keep forward momentum by working alongside @kariega.game.reserve to strengthen the efforts of rhino protection in the Eastern Cape. It is an honor assisting in the protection of Thandi, the poaching survivor, and her calf “Justice.”
Stay tuned for exciting updates from @marlinamoreno of @project.conservation as she follows and documents the course for us.
PICTURED ABOVE – The rangers learned how to make their own ghillie suits, and applied it to the camouflage and concealment drills. Strong anti poaching units are the fine line between wildlife and poachers. Highly trained and competent ranger teams are more effective in wildlife protection efforts.
PICTURED ABOVE – Mike and Calvin teach the rangers about vehicle stops, inspections, and extractions. Each ranger rotated positions for apprehension and arrest. In this specific scenario the rangers are “dealing with active intel on dangerous suspects.”