EcoTracker Course: Animal Monitoring

The course is a comprehensive 55-day, animal tracking course that thoroughly introduces animal tracking and its conservation management applications, immersing participants in actual animal tracking projects.



This EcoTracker: Wildlife Monitoring course is a first of its kind tracking course in South Africa!

Tracking has relevance in the ecotourism, wildlife protection, and animal monitoring sectors of the
conservation industry. The programme is offered in small groups (maximum of 8 people) to optimize your learning experience. Time on this course is split between up to two of our remote wilderness camps, maximizing exposure to different wildlife, habitats, and biodiversity

You will learn from instructors who have dedicated themselves to mastering traditional tracking skills. Tracker students will get a taste of this ancient knowledge.

EcoTracker is proud to have Norman Chauke (Certified NQF4 Lead Tracker) as the host instructor for this course. And the world-renowned tracker Renias Mhlongo will make guest appearances for certain modules. Students will have the opportunity to practice tracking animals themselves – under the watchful eye of an EcoTracker instructor.

EcoTracker Instructors - EcoTracker Course - Animal Monitoring


Practical Tracking skills form the core focus of this course; with theoretical modules included to supplement learning. The programme roll-out takes place in four phases:

Phase 1 Theoretical & Practical Tracker Training 21 days
Phase 2 Tracker Projects x 3 21 days (7-days each)
Phase 3 Self-practise & assessment preparation 7 days
Phase 4 Practical assessments & theory exams (voluntary) 6 days

Phase 1 focuses on tracking skills development. In phase 2 students will learn how to apply wildlife tracking in three areas: wildlife protection, animal monitoring, and predator habituation (ecotourism). You will embark on 3 exciting tracking projects where you will learn from specialist instructors. Phases 3 and 4 are intended to prepare the candidate for the final FGASA-endorsed assessments, which are optional.


  1. Tracker Academy Full Tracker Certificate
  2. FGASA Tracker Certificate (upon submission of Tracker Academy Certificate/s)*
  3. EcoTraining certificate of attendance

*Depending on the results achieved, the participant can receive a Tracker Academy and FGASA endorsed Tracker certificate.


04 July – 27 August 2022 (Pridelands & Selati)


You will be based in camps in prime wildlife areas, and partake in wilderness walks or game drives twice a day. You could be trained in two different game reserves, exposing you to a diversity of habitats and species. No other training provider can match this variety of training environments or the frequency of practical activities we offer.