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 Insurance
BRO Trust and Oppenheimer Generations Research and Conservation
Escape Safari Co (Pty) Ltd
Firearms Management Services (Pty) Ltd
Guided Training Solutions (Alex van den Heever)
Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust
Henry H Bacon Estate
Jonsson Foundation (donation in-kind)
Koos & Rona Rupert Educational Trust
Lapalala Game Reserve (donation in-kind)
Londolozi Game Reserve (donation in-kind)
Mr Alan Fenton
Mr Carl Jankowitz
Mr Gareth & Mrs Carey McElhone
Mr Jeremy & Mrs Britta Lloyd (Lloyd Family Charitable Trust)
Mr JJM (Boetie) & Mrs Caroline van Zyl
Mr Patrick O’Shaughnessy
Mr Paul Burgoyne
Mr Richard David Milligan
Mr Tom & Mrs Linda Rawles (Operation Pachamama)
Mr Ulrich & Mrs Doris Gerber
Ms Hilary Rolton
Ms Irene Staehelin Estate
Palo Alto Network
Richard Khoza Tracker Fund
Rupert Family Foundations
SA Airlink (Pty) Ltd (donation in-kind)
Samara Private Game Reserve (donation in-kind)
Tswalu Kalahari Reserve
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