“If you do the right things for the right reasons, the results of your efforts will be fruitful”
Green Trax was “born” sometime in 2009 when Ruan and Tina were on their mission to walk across Europe to raise awareness for the Charge Syndrome (Expedition CHARGE Across Europe). Their love for nature and their desire to dedicate their lives to nature conservation sparked the idea to reserve the website domain “greentrax.org".
Only 5 years later, after a holiday in South Africa during Ruan and Tina were confronted with the reality of wildlife crime, they decided to make the move. They gave up, once again, their cozy lives in Europe to embark on a journey of uncertainty but for a good cause.
In November 2016 they stood on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport, with 2 suitcases each, one suitcase with dog equipment and their 2 dogs Ginger and Gulliver and hoped that life would give them a chance to fullfill their dreams.
Green Trax has since grown into its big shoes and is proudly facing the next chapter, the Training Center, which will open its doors at the beginning of September 2023!
The Training Center is combining everything Green Trax is offering. From dog and handler training, both private and work related, boarding facilities, educational events such as workshops and courses to group events for tourists or conservation volunteers. The Center is also the new base for our highly trained and operational dogs, assisting the local Farmwatch and police in combating crime.
Over the years Green Trax established a good relationship and trust with other organisations, farm owners and individuals in the area, and is looking forward to a future of working together!
“We believe in working together and that there should be no competition or "trade secrets" if we want to be successful in counter poaching as well as curbing crime like drug dealing, hijackings, cash-in-transit heists, kidnappings etc.
We are not under the illusion that we can save the world or that we will be able to stop wildlife poaching and trafficking. We do know, however, that we are making a positive difference in nature conservation and crime prevention through active participation and through support of and collaboration with other reputable organisations and individuals.
Working with dogs is our passion - Using our knowledge of the bush and experience of working with rangers made the decision to devote our lives to conservation using the dogs an obvious one. Working with the dogs to combat crime and even helping in search and rescue missions are just added bonuses to a very fulfilling life.”
Ruan de Flamingh