Rhino Guardians – our new training programme

Tracker Academy has started a new training programme!

Specialist training for trackers. We are now preparing trackers to protect wildlife, particularly rhinos. Our mission is to prove that traditional tracking skills are critical for counter-poaching efforts.

We are excited to partner with Londolozi Game Reserve on this ambitious project.

We’ve called it Rhino Trackers.

Kruger’s rhino population has plunged from 12,000 to 1,800 in 10 years.  Sadly the results speak for themselves, despite the well-intended training and advances in technology. A different approach is required to reverse the current trend. 

Rhino Guardians is an African solution to an African problem

Did you know…that the majority of counter-poaching operatives tasked with protecting rhinos lack genuine tracking and bushcraft skills?

If you are interested in being trained as a Rhino Guardian, click below. Take note that strict selection criteria apply – including integrity testing.

More about Rhino Guardians

  • A 12-month formally accredited programme developed by Tracker Academy – with significant inputs from the wildlife protection industry.
  • Only 8 students per course, 16 per annum, two intakes per year.
  • The course consists of modules on tracking (core: man tracking), bushcraft, ecology, security training, forensics, monitoring and others.
  • Over 1300 hours of practical experience is accumulated on the programme.
  • Conservation ethics is an important focus of this programme.
  • The course is run by trainers who have been at the forefront of the battle to protect rhinos.
  • Successful candidates shall receive a training bursary for the year. T&C’s apply.
  • Graduates stand a 91% chance of employment upon completion of the course.
  • Rhino Guardians are akin to coders (software developers) in an IT company – a specialist tasked with bringing a unique skillset to a larger endeavour.

Thank you to our founding donors of Rhino Guardians: Jake & Gracia Donovan, Will & Beth Gardiner, Dag & Julie Skattum, Alan Fenton, Henry Makansi, Tom & Linda Rawles, and Londolozi Game Reserve.

And to our generous donors in 2022 – Die Rupert-Natuurstigting, Koos & Rona Rupert Opvoedkundige Trust, Ineos Grenadier, Animal Friends, Metamorphasis Foundation, Oppenheimer BRO Trust, Jonsson Workwear, Hans Hoheisen Charitable Trust, B&J Lloyd Family Charitable Trust, Bob & Jenny Nixon, Wild Signs, SA Airlink, Samara, Lapalala and Londolozi game reserves, and Tswalu Kalahari Reserve. Your support this year is most appreciated.