The Bisbee's Fish & Wildlife Conservation Fund is proud to announce the first graduating class of 2015 from the Nkwe Tactical Training Academy.
Vaalwater (South Africa) (AFP) - Gripping a semi-automatic rifle in his muscular right hand, anti-poaching instructor Simon Rood berates his students for not taking their gun lessons seriously.
The ceremony went off without a hitch. On Friday, April 26, 2013, the inaugural class of proud recruits received their diplomas as the Nkwe Tactical Training Academy in the Lapalala Wilderness Reserve officially opened its doors. Many of the newly-designated Rhino Monitor graduates will go on to advanced training in wildlife management, surveillance, crime scene investigation and small arms tactics as they continue their careers as field rangers. The academy is the cornerstone of PROJECT: Save the Rhino.
The first graduates walk out of Nkwe Tactical Training Academy Friday, April 26, as certified rhinoceros monitors with a better understanding of the warning signs of poaching activity. Most will go on to advanced classes where they’ll receive instruction in wildlife management, surveillance, crime scene investigation and small arms tactics in preparation for careers as field rangers.
It’s been a gruesome campaign with no shortage of innocent victims. But as the long-running war against rhinoceros poachers in South Africa rages on, there is growing reason for hope. More boots will soon be on the ground as newly-trained field rangers venture into the bush on anti-poaching patrols on private game reserves where most of the rhinos live.
Windhoek - The rare killing of a black rhino for its horns in Namibia has prompted fears that a poaching epidemic in neighbouring South Africa could spill across the border.
Original Source - http://www.news24.com/Green/News/Namibias-widening-poaching-crisis-20121227
The fight against rhino poaching was given a further shot in the arm this week with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China on cooperation in the fields of Wetland and Desert Ecosystems and Wildlife Conservation.