Eco Ranger Academy sets a high bar for its Eco-tourism, Conservation and Wildlife programs, and high expectations for its participants. Our programs demand a great deal from both students who participate and the lecturer who creates and delivers the education aligned with the National curriculum as per industry and professional standards.
Once enrolled, students are immersed in education and training that will challenge their assumptions, disrupt their ordinary ways of living, and introduce them to new and unexpected ways of thinking. By participating, they will prepare for the next steps in their careers and lives demonstrating leadership at the Academy, in their classes and among their peers. Most important, they will return to their own communities with fresh ideas, new skills, and a greater capacity for addressing the environmental challenges faced in Africa.
The term “nature guide”/ “field guide” is often confused with ranger (game ranger) and “tourist guide”. A game ranger manages a specific area where wild animals roam. The tourist guide profession embraces a vast complexity of specific areas of the entire country, guiding tourists in cities, museums, battlefields and many places of interest, placing the accent essentially on the man made environment and cultural-historical aspects.
The Nature / Safari Guide leads people into the natural areas of the environment. This form of guiding is not necessarily confined to walking trails. It could also include vehicle drives, horseback safaris, canoeing and other outdoor activities. The nature guide’s interests relate to Ecology and Nature, but the name Ranger is so embedded in the Tourism Guiding Industry that it will never change… so by achieving this Qualification and Register as a Nature Guide you will be employed as a Ranger at Game Reserves… entertaining tourists to see leopard, lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino… the Big 5 of Africa!
View Potentially Dangerous Animals | For the man in the bush, more important than having a sound knowledge of firearms, is having an intimate knowledge of the behaviour of dangerous game species. It is far better to avoid a dangerous situation than have to face the consequences of a confrontation. To view potentially dangerous animals on foot, a hands-on practical course, where Africa’s dangerous game are tracked down and approach, is most practical. Learn the golden rules, animal behaviour, anatomy and danger signs / displays and how to let your clients have an unforgettable safe experience. Also learn and “Show your Competence through superior knowledge rather than firepower” but just in case you do need it……Advance Weapon Handling for Guiding on Heavy Calibre Rifles (375, 458, 416). Learn how to use your big bore rifle fast and accurate, under pressure and at short distances with the correct shot placement to “drop” charging dangerous game. You also qualify for the National Competency Certificate on Act 60 of 2000 on Use of a Rifle.
Man has, over time, developed skills to survive in his natural environment. We know that man had to develop skills in the art of tracking to become a more effective hunter. The refinement of tracking in Eco Tourism ensured the development in better techniques to locate elusive game such as lion, leopard and special sought-after species. The art of tracking has developed into a science with many practical uses and plays a major role in Nature Conservation, Eco-tourism, Environmental Education, Scientific Research, the control of and the fight against poaching, nature research programs and trophy location. However, it is impossible to become a tracker by simply reading a book or attending a short course. This is a start, and with an expanding knowledge of the bush and a bit of experience, it will be remarkable what a little practical thinking and application can do. One needs practical experience to master the art of tracking. The art of tracking also includes the continuous process of discovery and the most experienced tracker will always find something to learn. Your tracking ability can only enhance the enjoyment of nature.
Game Rangers and Field Rangers are the principal guardians of the world’s premier natural and cultural protected environments.
Field Rangers are involved in complex and highly important tasks in the preservation of natural and cultural resources, which constitute core elements of the world’s natural and cultural heritages. If you are looking for a career that will be an adventure, this course is an ideal platform for a successful career in the challenging private Game Reserve industry, or to find your way into a Provincial or National Park as a Wildlife Field Ranger. To become a Legal Qualified Anti-Poaching Ranger an Advance Course is offered, with Tactical Combat Techniques, Combat Tracking and Security, Critical Incidents and Recovery (SCIR) to become an Anti-Poaching Ranger.
The Game Ranger (Area Integrity Management) complete this portfolio, where you learn in theory, practical and in the Workplace to lead Ranger Teams and successfully manage the integrity of wildlife in Protected Areas, Game Farms, Nature Reserves, Provincial and National Reserves.
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