Our Training Philosophy

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The Malilangwe Course in Chemical and Physical Restraint of African Wildlife presents a blend of formal lectures, practical sessions and fieldwork and we try to maintain a student to teacher ratio of around 5:1.

For the purposes of practical instruction and fieldwork, students are divided into one of four teams (A, B, C and D). Each team comprises 2 senior lecturers, a team captain (usually an experienced wildlife veterinarian or wildlife manager/researcher who is often on a refresher course) and between 8 and 10 team members.

Over and above general practical instruction, each team is assigned a primary field operation, which may, for example, include immobilizing an elephant, rhino, lion or giraffe.

General practicals include equipment familiarization and handling, loading of darts, range darting and demonstrations coached by a Team Captain and Senior Lecturers. Constant oversight by the lecturers and team captains ensures smooth operations and limits mistakes. This is a training program and mistakes can provide useful information and be a credible learning experience – expect the unexpected!

Although every effort is made to reduce stress and any capture related injuries, there can be no guarantee that animals will not be hurt, or that people might suffer some injury (an indemnity is signed at the beginning of the course). Commonsense should prevail – Malilangwe is a wildlife area with dangerous game!