Wildlife / Game Farmer

 

 

OFO No: 612902

 

 

 

 

Other names for Game Farmer:

Game Farm Foreman
Game Production Supervisor

What is a Wildlife/Game Farmer? 

Tourism is this country can be extremely profitable. Most tourists come to see our wildlife.  

A Wildlife/Game farmer breeds wildlife (game) for:

  • To restock game farms or national parks
  • To increase numbers of endangered wildlife (eg cheetahs, roan, sable, rhinos etc)
  • For hunting
  • For export to other parks or zoos
  • For private farms

Most game gets sold at local auctions. In 2013, one male buffalo sold for R18 million! This bull will go into a breeding programme to make sure quality of calves improves.

What does a Wildlife/Game Farmer do?

  • looks for the right piece of land for farming wildlife
  • monitors and studies breeding stock
  • selects and buys good quality breeding specimens
  • looks out for parasites & diseases and controls them
  • monitors fences – keeps animals safe inside and people safe outside
  • controls nutrition
  • assists and monitors breeding programmes
  • attend auctions (sell & buy)
  • negotiate deals with overseas and private clients
  • manages shipping of animals safely to their destinations
  • keeps records

Are you . . . ?

  • passionate about wild animals?
  • lover of the outdoors?
  • a hard worker?
  • observant?
  • environmentally conscious?
  • dedicated?
  • a good communicator?

How do I become a Wildlife/Game Farmer? 

A good understanding of genetics and animal sciences would be most important. 

  • CLICK HERE for more information on ANIMAL BREEDER

PATH 1

National Diploma in Game Ranch Management 

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Tshwane University of Technology

PATH 2

National Diploma in Game Ranch Management 

Bachelor of Technology (BTech) in Game Ranch Management 

  • Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
  • Tshwane University of Technology


Courses in Wildlife Management would also be extremely beneficial:

  • UNIVERSITY OF PRETORIA

BSc (Hons(Wildlife Management)

  • WILDLIFE CENTRE FOR WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT (University of Pretoria)
  • WILDLIFE CAMPUS
  • CONSERVATION ACADEMY
  • SOUTHERN AFRICAN WILDLIFE COLLEGE

 

TRAINING:

  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 

 

  • SAWMA: The Southern African Wildlife Management Association

 

OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Game Ranger … or … Nature Conservationist

Is becoming a Wildlife/Game Farmer the right career choice for me?

 

 


Maths Required Qualification Required Science Required Work Outdoors