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Wildlife Tracking

The current skill of tracking is mostly limited to the identification and following of an animal’s track. Historically however, tracking encompassed a far greater variety of signs, calls, behaviour and skills in interpreting them. Successful tracking requires the combination of experience, knowledge and patience. A talented tracker must employ physical endurance and mental focus in often-difficult environmental conditions over extended periods.

The current state of wildlife tracking

Traditional tracking skills have disappeared rapidly over the last two decades. Trackers are poorly informed today and as a result are not adequately remunerated. Many trackers are facing serious social problems as a result.

  • Approximately 2500 trackers are employed in South Africa, but often in name only or as part of a marketing exercise.
  • Trackers employed in the eco-tourism, environmental education and research industries earn as little as R1800 ($200) per month because most lack formal education and/or training.
  • Few skilled trackers can be found in the anti-poaching industry.
  • Many of the new generation of trackers have received limited or no training from their place of employment.
  • CATHSSETA and the national department of education do not formally recognise advanced levels of tracking.
  • In most cases the tracker provides the safety on a wildlife safari.
  • Trained and employed trackers remain in their jobs five times longer than their guide or research colleagues do.
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"There are few (if any) academic institutions that formally recognise tracking as a measurable qualification."

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