Our Student Program: Bush Training 

Zangarna is a working game farm. We have general plains game such as Giraffe, Kudu, Impala, Warthdog and Zebra to name but a few. When you fence in a piece of land and have wild animals living on that land you have an obligation to care for those animals. Normally wild animals would stay in an area and utilise the food that found there. As soon as the food is gone they would move to a new area (think of the great migrations in the Masai Mara). When animals are fences in we need to make sure our water and food supply is adequate to sustain the animals in our care.

 

Bush Training includes:

Mammal identifying
Theoretical and practical training on the identifying of the general African wildlife species, focusing on identifying the differences between male and female and also ageing the various species. This knowledge is to put into practice on the game transects to determine the animal population’s sex and age demographics on the various game farms.
Bird identifying
Bird identification is a great skill to acquire, not only do you learn another aspect of nature but the species diversity and density can be interpreted to monitor the ecosystem’s health. Birds have evolved to fulfil different nieces in the ecosystem and the fluctuation of their populations can be used and system health indications.
Tree and Grass identifying
The vegetation of the are determines the type and amount of species that the area can sustain. Ecological processes like droughts, flood and fires impact the vegetation as do the animals themselves. A constant monitoring of this balance is vital to the managing of a healthy game farm. Vegetation surveys are done seasonally when it is easiest to identify the different grass and tree species. (Generally February and March)
Tracks and Sign identifying
Many animals are secretive and nocturnal and not often seen, this does not mean that they do not occur in the area and being able to interpret the tracks and signs left behind can tell you a great deal.
Basic Astronomy
To identify some of the easy recognisable constellations forms part of the program, again a great life skill to learn as it can help with navigation and even telling the time of day.
Basic first aid
A short aid course will form part of the program, this is help by and accredited trainer and students will receive a certificate.
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Disceret vatibus in disceret uxori.

Learn the skills of a tracker as you monitor the movement of the various species of animals.

You will be taught some basic ‘survival skills’ in a wild environment.

Impose your knowledge of vegetation, grass and trees.

Immerse yourself in the fascinating birdlife and learn to recognise the sights and sound of some of our 250 species found on the farm.

Learn the basic handling of a bow & arrow.