Rangers are taught “basic training” in a short 6-8 week period of time. During this general training they learn
- animal identification and behavior
- bird identification
- plant and grass identification
- how to recognize and manage soil erosion
- general patrol techniques
- bush craft
- bush survival
- first aid
This is a lot to take in during a short amount of time. Once employed, they study and learn on-the-job with senior rangers. During their time with a reserve, there is constant in-house training to enhance or maintain their skills. Additional outside training is welcomed, but can be more costly.
Rangers have some familiarity in animal tracking, but humans are another kind of animal. Poachers are an ever-present danger. Due to the increase and intensity of poaching, it is absolutely essential for rangers to learn how to track them within their area.
Human (or poacher) tracking teaches them
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