Professional trackers trained
Graduates deployed into conservation jobs
Hours logged tracking per student
Mrs Gaynor Rupert made Tracker Academy possible in 2010 – a bold and visionary action that has benefitted hundreds of wildlife trackers.
Tracker Academy trains disadvantaged rural people in traditional skills of wildlife tracking.
Our training programme is accredited by CATHSSETA (Sector Education and Training Authority) and endorsed by FGASA (Field Guides Association of Southern Africa). Tracker Academy is the first tracker training school to achieve this distinction in South Africa.
The academy stands as a training division of the SA College for Tourism (SACT) which operates under the auspices of the Peace Parks Foundation.
Buy our book – The Tracker Manual
It presents the more concrete and obvious wildlife signs for some 160 animals and teams them with a host of seemingly unrelated details to give a comprehensive picture of recent – and not-so-recent – track through the bush.
Donors of the Tracker Academy
Foremost we would like to thank our generous donors for their contributions since Tracker Academy’s inception.
Animal Friends Pet Insurance
BRO Trust and Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation
Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust
Henry H Bacon Estate
Jonsson Foundation (donation in-kind)
Koos & Rona Rupert Educational Trust
Londolozi Game Reserve (donation in-kind)
Multi Health Systems Staff
Mr Alan Fenton
Mr Nicholas & Francesca Tingley
Mr Richard & Mrs Fiona Houghton
Mr Will & Mrs Beth Gardiner
Mr Dag & Julie Skattum
Mr James Adams
Mr Jake & Mrs Gracia Donavan
Mr Carl Jankowitz
Mr Gareth & Mrs Carey McElhone
Mr James & Mrs Rachel Linnett
Mr Markus Heitz
Mr Michael Corrigan
Mr Niel & Mrs Nelia Hoogenhout
Mr Patrick O’Shaughnessy
Mr Paul Burgoyne
Mr Richard David Milligan
Mr Ulrich & Mrs Doris Gerber
Mr Donald & Mrs Sara Kyte
Ms Hilary Rolton
Mr Robert Israel
Mr Mark Dixon
Richard Khoza Tracker Fund
Rupert Family Foundations
SA Airlink (Pty) Ltd (donation in-kind)
Sandringham Nature Reserve (donation in-kind
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
Website photo credits: Ian Thomas, Joe Grosel and Alex van den Heever