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Policing the Wilderness: A Descriptive Study of Wildlife Conservation Officers in South Africa

Policing the Wilderness: A Descriptive Study of Wildlife Conservation Officers in South Africa
by Ryan Thompson last modified Apr 07, 2017 03:38 PM
Contributors: Warchol G, Kapla D

A qualitative case study of the careers of field rangers in South Africa using data gathered from interviews and observation in six public and private game reserves, two training schools, and a university program.

Author(s): Warchol G, Kapla D

Publication Date: 2012

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  • A qualitative case study of the careers of field rangers in South Africa using data gathered from interviews and observation in six public and private game reserves, two training schools, and a university program.
  • The authors present a description of field ranger selection and training, field operations and threats, career paths, use of technology, and a comparison of operations in the private and public sector.
  • The study found that improved relationships with local communities may improve cooperation and combat social isolation faced by rangers, and military-style discipline, modern firearms, vehicles, GPS systems, and ultra-light aircraft may make rangers more effective.
  • Several extensive training programs for field rangers were reviewed, including those by WildAid and the South African Parks system. The study includes a description of the content and structure of the courses, including basic training, paramilitary, crime scene processing, and law and legal processes. Additionally, local prosecutors were trained by the Biodiversity Crimes Unit to familiarize them with the nature of poaching cases.

 

Citation: Warchol G, Kapla D. Policing the Wilderness: A Descriptive Study of Wildlife Conservation Officers in South Africa. Int J Comp Appl Crim Justice. 2012;36(2):83-101. doi:10.1080/01924036.2012.669911.

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