Wildlife programmes & community projects
We want a society that understands the importance of taking care of our environment, which provides for our families, communities, and the generations to come.
Learning about nature and wildlife is key to making sense of how everything connects in the world around us.
Community wildlife programmes
Many people don’t realise the importance of protecting all our natural treasures, having been robbed of the opportunity to appreciate our heritage due to history, economics, and social factors. However, these young community members are the future leaders who will shape our politics, economy, and businesses.
By offering community wildlife programmes, EcoTraining shares knowledge of wildlife and environments with surrounding communities in an effort to protect the environment that sustains our families, communities and future generations.
South Africa, Africa
Through wildlife programmes, field training and safari courses, EcoTraining has worked with many communities bordering the Greater Kruger National Park in South Africa.
In 2008, EcoTraining was contracted by the Zoological Society of London to provide training for eco-guides in the Lope National Park in Gabon, located on the west coast of Africa.
Koiyaki Guiding School, Masai Mara, Kenya, Africa
The UN project Koiyaki Guide School (KSG), located in the Masai Mara Game Reserve, hired EcoTraining as a consultant. EcoTraining has significantly improved the quality of instruction provided by KGS to the Masai community while also helping to directly train certain future guides. This is among many wildlife programmes and projects being conducted in Kenya.
EcoTraining conducted a training programme to upskill guides, originally from the surrounding Chiawa area and now working in the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Through corporate funding, EcoTraining provides training for people from local communities in Botswana and Namibia. Each year, a group of candidates were chosen through a thorough selection process to attend EcoTraining programmes. These programmes are run at our Mashatu Camp in Botswana and camps in Namibia and are amongst many projects being conducted in Botswana.
Jordan, Middle East
EcoTraining was approached by an international business consulting company to assist in the development of nature guiding in Jordan. Four young trainees were chosen through a rigorous selection process and then sent out to attend an intensive one-year training course at EcoTraining’s camps in Botswana and South Africa.
From 2008 EcoTraining trained over 300 local Aboriginal rangers on a number of four-week programmes where their natural skills were “converted” into guiding skills. Compared to previous programmes of a similar nature, this programme was a huge success.
The programme was highly commended by the Northern Territory government and actually mentioned in Federal Parliament in 2010 as a successful model for further indigenous education initiatives.
EcoTraining realises that the key to the success of this project is to transfer acquired knowledge and responsibility for environmental conservation to all those who live in close proximity to wildlife areas.
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At EcoTraining, we believe in the power of community training projects to create positive change and promote sustainable practices. If you’re passionate about making a difference and want to learn more about our community training initiatives or contribute to these impactful projects, we invite you to get in touch with us.