Search & Rescue Tracking (SART)

We have just had a great weekend delivering Search & Rescue Training to members of the UK SAR community. Training was delivered in a mixture of sand, grassland and ancient woodland and consisted of 2 very busy days!


Trying to get the rudiments of Tracking across in 2 days is a big ask however, PENCARI recognised the importance of what these SAR volunteers do. Come rain or shine, summer or winter these guys are out there searching for children, walkers or runners and even mentally disturbed persons possibly suffering from the debilitating effects of Alzheimers who have become disorientated or lost. These teams work alongside Police Search teams and on occasion are asked to assist with the location of the deceased, offering their time and energy to save and preserve life every day of the year without pay and for little or no recognition. Well we couldn’t say no could we…


Our aim was to leave them with a basic understanding of Sign, how to interpret it and recognise it and use it to eliminate openings encountered. This was a crucial part of the training, as many of our SAR teams within the UK will use dogs to Scent Track however, if a change of direction is encountered the importance of recognising Sign consistent to the time frame of the missing person is crucial and can increase the overall speed of the search. With every minute potentially making the difference between life and death, the link between Visual and Scent Tracking and the way that both skills merge could make the difference to a successful outcome or one of failure!

For more information on PENCARI’s Search & Rescue Tracking training please email us at:

or alternatively give us a call on: 01202 946201

Movie Production News

VT1 and VT2

We wanted to share our exciting news with you!

We have recently been working with Wilco van Akker from Frostnip Films ( Wilco has been guiding and directing us through the production of a short video that exemplifies the modern capability that is Combat Tracking Information Exploitation (IX).

Filming lasted over a period of days with the video being shot entirely on location in Africa!

Directors Cut

To say that we are excited about viewing the final production would be an understatement. Hope you enjoy some of the “stills” from the video?

As soon as the video is complete and ready for screening we shall let you know!

Sanwild Wildlife Trust

We have mentioned our friends at Sanwild before but these guys are tireless in their pursuit to keep African wildlife safe from the very real and everyday threat of poachers. In this incredible video watch how they are protecting today’s wildlife for this generation and for future generations to come.

These guys need all the support they can get so please take the time to visit their site and make a donation and keep these wonderful animals alive in the habitat that they deserve to live in with the security that will enable our children’s children to enjoy them in the future!


Rhino and elephant sanctuary faces closure leaving animals vulnerable!

Initiated by the SanWild Wildlife Trust, South Africa’s only dedicated rhino and elephant sanctuary under the control of an animal welfare organization is facing closure unless urgent funding can be secured.

For the past fourteen years the SanWild Wildlife Trust and its handful of donors and supporters have poured their hearts and souls into establishing a protected refuge for injured, orphaned and traumatized wild animals where they can live free and raise their young in South Africa’s Limpopo Province.

The SanWild Wildlife Trust, a registered non-profit animal welfare organization was formed and registered in 2000 and has accumulated over 15 000 acres of Bushveldt with diverse habitat for the benefit or rescued wild animals.   The trust provides protection for both the animals and the land and the only beneficiaries of the land are the animals themselves.

SanWild is actively involved in rescue operations both locally and abroad. They are also one of the few organizations that set up sting operations to catch illegal wildlife traders and save highly endangered species such as pangolins, leopards, cheetah, African wild dogs and rhinos.

Today, a large number of endangered species depend on the SanWild Wildlife Sanctuary for their survival.  Many of these animals face a serious threat from poaching, but the dedication at SanWild has seen these animals flourish under the trust’s protection.

With the exponential growth of illegal rhino poaching SanWild had to redirect a lot of their funding into a specialized counter poaching and K-9 units to protect rhinos and elephants at the sanctuary.

While they had initially believed that they had secured sufficient funding for the increased costs of their operations through a new benefactor, he has defaulted leaving the small charity out of pocket and with huge financial debts.

The financial blow to the SanWild Wildlife Trust has been enormous and now has them backed up against a wall fighting for the survival.  Unless a new benefactor or sufficient donations are secured in the next couple of weeks SanWild’s animals risk losing the only safe home they have.

A special crowd funding appeal WILDLIFE UNDER SIEGE has been setup to raise the $500 000 US needed to ensure that the project can continue.

On a global scale the impact of poaching on various species has become one of the most contentious issues of the day. The mass slaughter of elephant in Africa have reached epidemic proportions and on the southern tip of Africa rhinos could be facing imminent extinction as the rhino poaching crisis deepens.

With more than 900 animals already butchered since 1 January 2014 South Africa faces an enormous challenge with its war against rhino poaching.  The mass slaughter of elephants have reached epidemic proportions, but it is just not rhinos and elephants that face a bleak future. The poaching of most wildlife species is spreading across the African continent like a wildfire and wild animals are facing a total onslaught that could see many driven to the brink of extinction.

Protected natural habitat sanctuaries and private reserves will ultimately be the only way to secure sufficient genetic material to restock conservation areas with wild animal species that face a very real threat of extinction should the poaching crisis goes unchallenged.


Contact details:  Louise Joubert, SanWild Wildlife Trust +27 (0) 15-3839959 or +27 (0) 83 310 3882, email Website: Facebook: