Tac Trac are funded privately and by various NGO’s who share our profound concern at the wanton destruction of our wildlife. Their mission is to provide a superlative training platform for theory and practical courses as well as to create and equip APU’s (Anti-Poaching Units) with relevant skills and appropriate equipment which will radically enhance their effectiveness in the field and their safety.
We are absolutely committed to providing superlative training for the industry in South Africa, to a standard by which others will be measured. Our base of operations is at the 1,385 hectare nature reserve ‘Rangers Reserve’ in Touwsrivier in the Klein Karoo desert of the Western Cape. The reserve has been designed specifically as a training environment for anti-poaching rangers, and provides excellent facilities both indoor and outdoor. It is as beautiful as it is challenging.
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Ol Pejeta is a 90,000 acre (364 km2) conservancy and the largest black rhino sanctuary in East Africa. It is also home to two of the world’s last remaining northern white rhino. It is the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees, in a Sanctuary established to rehabilitate animals rescued from the black market. It has some of the highest predator densities in Kenya, and still manages a very successful livestock programme. Ol Pejeta also seeks to support the people living around its borders, to ensure wildlife conservation translates to better education, healthcare and infrastructure for the next generation of wildlife guardians.
Ol Pejeta Ranching Ltd. is 100% owned by Ol Pejeta Conservancy Ltd, which in turn is a ‘Not-for-profit’ as enshrined in its memorandum and articles of association. The company is governed by a voluntary board who draw no remuneration. 100% of funds generated must be used for Ol Pejeta conservation and community development – there is no other person or institution that benefits from any surpluses made. The ownership of the land is also safeguarded within this.
Imire was founded in the 1950s by Norman Travers, initially as a cattle, maize and tobacco farm. He longed for the presence of game and in the late 1970s branched out into game farming. He pioneered the integration of cattle ranching, farming and long term sustainable wildlife management. Imire is internationally renowned for its black rhino breeding and release programme. In the 1980’s, during a period of Zimbabwe’s worst poaching, rhino numbers crashed from 10,000 to less than 1,000 in just a few years.
The Department of National Parks & Wildlife moved the remaining wild rhino into the custodianship of private conservancies. Norman believed that Imire could successfully care for rhino, but was derided as a dreamer. However, he convinced sceptics by showing them proof of the rhinos depicted in the 700 year old bushman paintings on the conservancy. Imire’s adopted rhino and their offspring have since thrived.