Eco Ranger Academy HQ is located between Orpen (Kruger Park) and Hoedspruit on a private Game Farm, the “Klaserie Campus”, Limpopo Province and a Senior Campus “Malalane Campus” on our private Game Ranch in Mpumalanga, South Africa. Both in close proximity to the Kruger National Park. The region offers unique fauna and flora, all the Big Game and Predators of Africa, with 42 mammal varieties and approximately 350 bird varieties.

Practical training is conducted in the Greater Kruger National Park, Private Conservancies, Nature Reserves and leading Wildlife Ranching Farms. The Campus is a place of intellectual stimulation and discovery, where ideas foster change and awareness will inspire commitment and success.

The student village is in harmony with the environment and aligned with eco-friendly building principles. Dining Services create a sense of community by offering social hubs focused around food in a comfortable environment. To enhance the overall dining experience, we offer a variety of high-quality, authentic and healthy cuisine.



All courses are taught by our full-time lecturers that are registered with CATHSSETA. Our team is noted for its contributions to conservation, field-based research, its commitment to teaching, and its bond with the environment. Team members are renowned for their ability to draw upon practical environmental wisdom and to engage participants in provocative, life-changing class activities that expand their abilities as leaders. In addition to their Eco Ranger Academy roles, our lecturers also serve as advisers and consultants of conservation initiatives and academic institutions across the globe.

We offer lecturers who thrive in the vibrant, interactive environment of the classroom where unexpected insights and challenges are a natural consequence of our participatory learning model. Lecturers encourage productive participant interaction that extends learning beyond the classroom.

Other instructors / lecturers include:

  • Wildlife experts and professionals in Safari Industry, Conservation and Wildlife Management
  • Experienced professionals from community and business organisations.


JC Strauss is the Director of Education at the Academy. In addition to his career in eco and wildlife conservation that includes the Kruger National Park, JC has held several positions as environmental and safety consultant. He worked with customers from a wide variety of industries including national parks, tourism, media and international diplomats. He serves on the “Community of Expert Practitioners” CEP for the QCTO on the development of the new Park Ranger, Conservation Practitioner and Wildlife Practitioner qualifications under the QCTO, that’s needed for a career as a Game Rancher or Game Warden. In 1998 he launched Eco Ranger, training Wildlife Rangers, Dangerous Game Guides for various Wildlife Parks and organisations such as the South African Wildlife College and Game Rangers Associations.  The first 34 Women Wildlife Rangers for African Countries (Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa) were trained by JC’s organisation Eco Ranger at the SA Wildlife College. Eco Ranger trained more than 1,000 Rangers and Safari Guides, creating job opportunities that support and sustain thousands of African people currently. In 2005 – 2007, JC trained and developed 350 Wildlife Rangers for Limpopo Parks Board in South Africa and headed the Anti-Poaching teams covering 53 Protected Areas that brought down rhino and elephant poaching by 80%.

The knowledge and experience in Tracking

and Survival, that were gained from years in

the African Bush makes him a favourite consultant

for media productions on Discovery and National Geographic.

Most recent productions include:

 “Dual Survival”

“Man Hunt”


“Naked & Afraid XL”


JC is also the Deputy Editor of Wildlife Ranching Magazine.


JC plays a key role in shaping sustainable Eco and Wildlife Conservation in Africa.

JC is a Qualified National Guide with Qualifications on Nature NQF 6, Tracking NQF 6, Dangerous Game NQF 6

Memberships: Wildlife Ranching SA, GRAA Game Rangers Ass. Africa, PFTC, SAHCA


  • Nature Guiding
  • Field Ranger I, II, III
  • Culture Guiding
  • Conservation Management
  • Animal Tracking
  • Wildlife Ranching and Management
  • Dangerous Game
  • Professional Firearm Training Council

SAQA Accredited Training Provider with CATHSSETA as the ETQA / QAP Provider Registration No: 613/P/000242/2014