African Parks (AP) is a non-profit organization that manages protected areas throughout Africa via direct government mandates. One of the ongoing challenges inherent to managing protected areas is providing adequate training for park staff, particularly when it comes to wildlife management and anti-poaching enforcement.
To meet this challenge, the African Parks Conservation Training Program was initiated in 2014 in partnership with the Southern African Wildlife College to provide essential training in law enforcement and conservation management. Much of the year-long curriculum, delivered to six chosen students, centers on anti-poaching, particularly of elephants.
The Training Program has a direct impact on efforts to rebuild, maintain, and grow elephant populations in parks through effective conservation management and poaching prevention. International Elephant Foundation is supporting the tuition for the 2016 term of training.