NATURAL ACUMEN


Courses within the natural acumen module are specifically focused on teaching students the fundamentals of fauna & flora, game farming and animal husbandry as well as building towards a Hunters and Guides learners license.

Fauna and Flora

The term flora and fauna refers to the diversity of plant (flora) and animal (fauna) life with respect to a particular region or country or even a particular age in the past. The term is also used in taxonomical treatises to describe the scientific classification of different species of plants and animals.

This module is an introduction into the fundamental concepts of bird and tree identification. This aspect of the course is aimed towards the understanding of the identification of species of animal and plant life, their breeding habits and their connection to one another in the environment.


Animal Husbandry and Game Farming

A specifically designed course that enables students to gain first hand experience of game farm management, including game counts and habitat evaluation. This then evolves into game capture, and the legal requirements of game capture.

The students will also gain an understanding of the key concepts of animal husbandry, which includes the care and breeding of domestic animals, such as cattle, sheep, hogs etc. They will learn aspects of controlled cultivation, management and production of domestic animals for breeding, and animals that are required for utility (food, etc).

Hunters and Guides Learners License
Gain a wealth of understanding in species identification and animal characteristics, introduction to tracking, and an in depth knowledge of the principles of professional hunting and guiding. There will be practical excursions chosen from top quality big game areas; Bubye conservancy, Rocky Glen, Malilangwe, Cawston and Peeke property.

This aspect of the course will involve habits and habitat, taxonomy, hunting and guiding for dangerous game within dangerous areas, tracking, and understanding the certain legal requirements such as the firearms act, and the forestry act.

Once students have completed this specific course, they are in a position to write the Hunters and Guides Learners License at the Zimbabwe National Parks Board (second session).