game changer in the combat against wildlife crime

The Wildlife Forensic Academy is a state-of-the-art forensic training platform to protect and preserve wildlife around the globe. We have to fight our way back - knowledge is the key!

a forensic scientist collects a fingerprint

Our Mission

The Wildlife Forensic Academy is nature’s game changer and a preeminent voice in the mobilisation of wildlife forensic knowledge. We give African wildlife its voice. We join forces and share knowledge. 

We speak up, act, change and challenge boundaries.

Wildlife – We want to protect and preserve nature’s ecosystem.

People – We want to raise awareness and mobilize enthusiasm for a global call-to-action. 

Knowledge – We stand for education, innovation and state-of-the-art technology.


We stand for ‘Ubuntu’, a South African philosophy. We are one. We believe in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity and beyond! We seek to connect people, the planet, wildlife, business, research, education and corporate social responsibility.

We live in a technology-based society and face fast-moving developments that threatens wildlife. 

It is only possible to effectively tackle this issue when you simultaneously focus on innovation, education and cooperation. It’s all about cohesion, which is what Wildlife Forensic Academy lives up to.

a forensic scientist studies a hair sample

Wildlife crime has exploded on a scale never seen before and is pushing many animals towards extinction. In addition to loss of biodiversity, which causes serious damage to ecosystems that support our existence, wildlife crime has a negative impact on local economies. We as a generation need to understand the global threat that wildlife crime is posing for the future; crime scene assessment and education are key tools in this fight.


The Academy is established in the Western Cape at the Buffelsfontein game reserve, about 1 hour drive from the iconic city of Cape Town. This location provides the best of both worlds!

The Western Cape is a malaria free zone! You don’t have to worry about your health and are free of the use of malaria medication!