The Wildlife Forensic Academy provides physical courses at the academy in South Africa and online e-learning courses. These are ideal for starting in the field of wildlife forensics. The courses are as well intended as a preparation for practical courses at the academy at Buffelsfontein Nature Reserve or for individuals or groups that want to spend less money or time on training.

Our e-learning courses will give you a good understanding of the field of wildlife crime and the role of forensic science. After finalising the course you will receive a certificate. The modules are meant for the follow target groups:

Students: Wildlife forensics, conservation, ecology, veterinary, animal management, biology, IT and data science

Professionals: Wildlife rangers, park managers, police officers, customs managers, law enforcement, insurance officers and veterinarians.

The current modules are:

Module 1 – Wildlife Forensics Introduction course  Price:  $50  Duration: 4 hours  –  Available

The courses gives the student an oversight of wildlife forensics. The course touches on wildlife poaching, trafficking and trade, organised wildlife crime, forensic and the roll of forensic in wildlife, wildlife crime scenes, wounded animals, marine wildlife crime, as well as an introduction the Wildlife Forensic Academy. The course is finalized with a test and when passed, with a certificate.

The price of the introduction course will be deducted from a course at the Academy.

Please email  admin@wildlifeforensicacademy.com  to register for an online course.

Module 2 – Wildlife Crime and Illegal Wildlife Trade  Price: $200  Duration: to be confirmed  – Under development: ready August 2021

This course will go into the poaching and methods of poaching, wildlife trafficking and trade. We will give insight in the economic and cultural aspects. Beside these topics we will as well expend on organised wildlife crime and the devastating impact on animals humans and our society.

Module 3 – Wildlife Forensics Sources and Traces   Price: $200  Duration: to be confirmed  Under development: ready August 2021

This course will go into the role of forensic science, the importance of wildlife forensics, forensic traces sources, collection and preservation.

1Wildlife Forensics IntroductionOverview wildlife crime, poaching and tradeThis is an overview of the historical and current situation in in wildlife crime and trafficking, predominantly in Africa.
2Wildlife Crime and Illegal Wildlife TradeIllegal wildlife tradeInsight into the illegal wildlife trade.
Legislation of wildlife trade and protectionWhat are the local and global legislation that is relevant to wildlife crime and illegal trade.
Marine wildlife crime What are the common marine wildlife crimes and where are they present.
3Wildlife Forensics sources and tracesBasic forensic awareness training This unit will be an introduction to understanding the value of forensic science, the institutions involved and background to forensics in wildlife law enforcement.
Basic forensic principles This unit gives an overview of the principles of forensics and how they influence crime scene management.
Forensic trace detectionDelegates are taught how to identify forensic traces so that they are not missed in the collection of forensic traces.
Forensic sourcesAn overview of the variety of forensic sources and traces.
Forensic trace awarenessWhat traces to be aware and how to identify them.
Range of forensic tracesThe scope of forensic traces is widening and this unit gives detail into the range and value of the different traces.
Firearms and tool marksWhat are the weapons used on wildlife and how can they be recognised.
4Wildlife Forensic IntelligenceDigital forensicsWhat are the digital traces and how to collect and access them.
Forensic IntelligenceWhat intelligence is being used to fight wildlife crime. 
Forensic photographyThe background, value, process and current techniques are taught in this unit. 
5Wildlife Crime Scene ManagementCrime scene managementThe full process of crime scene management is taught in this unit. 
Crime scene scenarios A variety of crime scenes with appropriate management are taught and discussed. 
Protection and preservation of a crime scene This unit is to provide skills to ensure a crime scene is not damaged and the potential forensic traces are preserved. 
SafetyWhat measures must be practices to decrease risks to personnel processing wildlife crime.
6Wildlife Crime Scene Justice Chain and trackingCriminal justice chain The criminal justice chain is followed in detail in different wildlife law enforcement scenarios. 
Detection and collection of traces and hand over to the policeThe process of collection of forensic traces is taught in detail. 
TrackingHow to track humans and animals.
7Wildlife Laboratory ForensicsDrug analysisWhat drugs are used in poaching and illegal wildlife trade, how to be prepared for them and identify them.
Forensic veterinary pathologyDelegates are taught more advance wildlife forensic macro-pathology and and exposed to suitable micro-pathology.
Laboratory forensicsHow to conduct forensic science in the laboratory.
Molecular biology and DNAUnderstanding use of molecular biology in forensics.
Physical matches and identificationHow to match identifications from a crime scene.
8Wildlife Crime ProsecutionCourt house trainingHow to correctly present evidence in a court setting and manage legal discussions. 
Prosecution success and failureWhy prosecutions have been successful and unsuccessful.
9Chemical Wildlife CrimeToxicology in wildlife crimeWhat toxin are involved in wildlife crime, how to recognise them and prove their presence. 
10Injured Animal Management Applied basic wildlife anatomyThis is an overview of anatomy in the different categories of wildlife species: herbivore, carniores and other. 
Injured animal managementThis unit covers the veterinary and primary animal care principles of managing injured animals. 
Wildlife handlingAn overview of how to handle wild animals.
11One Health and Human Wildlife Conflict“One Health” wildlife and human risks and preventionWorking in a wildlife context exposes personel to zoonotic diseases and occupational risks. This unit teaches understanding, identification, risk mitigation and treatment for these risks. 
Human / wildlife conflictNegative interactions between wildlife and humans and their property: what, how, why and how to prevent.
Zoonoses and illegal wildlife trade How and which diseases are distributed with illegal wildlife trade. 
12Wildlife Crime Mitigation loped Successful mitigation of wildlife crimeWhat are the global measures that have deceased wildlife crime.
Successful mitigation of illegal wildlife tradeWhat are the global measures that have deceased illegal wildlife trade.


The courses are available to be included in a University curriculum. Universities are encouraged to contact us for group discounts and integration into your curriculum.


The courses will have accreditation by selected education partners


Student internships for 1-12 months are available in a variety of related fields and sites. See internship CLICK

Data science students

The WFA is in partnership with Sensing Clues and provides training and internships in data science related to wildlife crime.


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