Suitable, qualified and motivated field rangers are one of our greatest assets in securing the transfrontier area. It has become critical for field rangers to play an imperative role in the fight against poaching-related crimes in the conservation field. Through existing service providers who are operational in the location, we can secure valuable training for rangers which will benefit the protected area directly, and add long-lasting value to the lives of these individuals.
Based on-site, this thorough training course is designed to equip rangers with the knowledge and skills to fulfil their role effectively. Divided into three divisions, each element of the course can either be conducted separately, or staggered over an extended time frame.
During the course, the individuals worked closely with the inspirational K9 Unit, the canines of which provide an indispensable service in counter-poaching activities through patrolling, tracking and detection techniques. Acting as the ‘eyes and ears’ on the ground, field rangers learned standard operating procedures (SOP’s) in the case of spoor detected, shots heard, poachers observed and carcass located. As well as fundamental, in-depth medical training, team members were trained in air support deployment and integration, an aspect of which is critical to GKEPF’s operations.
Through this partnership, we strive to enhance GKEPF’s command and communications centre, and develop successful ground-to-air training for field rangers. Ultimately, by reinforcing this joint capability, we will continue to develop relationships and trust between the various reserves of the transfrontier area, setting conditions for progressive improvements in the years ahead.