JC Strauss is the Director of Education and Training, where he has a joint appointment at the Operational Anti-Poaching Unit – ERCS
JC is also on the Board of IAPF – International Anti-Poaching Foundation as Director Training Operations – Globaly; he also serve on the USA based, Build On Hope Foundation, a non-profit organisation with the aim of creating sustainable communities and the development of new areas of conservation in Africa. In 2008 he started conservation and tourism projects in rural areas, helping children onto career paths in sustainable tourism and wildlife preservation.
Most recently, his projects focus on continuous learning and the ways and extent to which students determine their future using knowledge gained from the environment. In addition to his career in eco and wildlife conservation, JC has held several positions as environmental and safety consultant. He worked with customers from a wide variety of industries including national parks, tourism, media and international diplomats.
In 2005 – 2007, JC trained and developed 350 Wildlife Rangers for Limpopo Parks Board in South Africa and headed the Anti-Poaching teams covering 53 Protected Areas that brought down rhino and elephant poaching to 0% for 3 consecutive years.
In 1998 he launched Eco Ranger, training Wildlife Rangers, Dangerous Game Guides for various Wildlife Parks and organizations such as the South African Wildlife College and Game Rangers Associations. The first 34 Women Wildlife Rangers for African Countries (Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Swaziland, Lesotho and South Africa) were trained by JC’s organization Eco Ranger at the SA Wildlife College. Eco Ranger trained more than a 1,200 Rangers and Wildlife Guides that created job opportunities that support and sustain more than 12,000 African people currently.
JC plays a key role in shaping sustainable Eco and Wildlife Conservation in Africa
NATIONAL CERTIFICATE: TOURISM - Guiding NQF Level 4 & 6.
National Certificate in Dangerous Game Areas – All 9 Provinces - NQF 6
National Certificate in Advance Nature – All 9 Provinces - NQF 6
National Certificate in Culture – All 9 Provinces NQF 4
National Certificate in Tracking Animals and ID Difficult Spoor - NQF 6
CATHS / (THETA) Assessor and Trainer in:
National Certificate: CONSERVATION - GUARDIANSHIP
National Certificate : CONSERVATION - MANAGEMENT
National Certificate : TOURISM
GAME CAPTURE: Chemical and Physical Restraint of Wild Animals
Taken 300 + DNA Darting samples on Elephant for research
PROFFESIONAL HUNTING – Dangerous Game, Rifle & Bow
SAMSA / SAUU: Skipper Commercial Cat B: 40 Nautical Miles
SAMSA / SAUU: Skipper Diving Category B: 40 Nautical Miles
SDI – DIVER: Open Water # 375174