From 1986–1991 Johan ‘JC’ Strauss was the head instructor for the South African Army in Tracking, Bushcraft, and Survival. In 1992, a military unit was formed under the command of JC to counter insurgents and poachers from Mozambique in the Kruger National Park.
In 1998 he launched Eco Ranger, training Wildlife Rangers, Dangerous Game Guides for various Wildlife Parks and organisations such as the Southern African Wildlife College (SAWC) and the Game Rangers Association (GRAA). 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 organisation Eco Ranger at the SAWC. Eco Ranger trained more than 1,600 Rangers and Wildlife Guides that created job opportunities that support and sustain more than 12,000 African people currently.
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% and mammal poaching by a collective 80% for 3 consecutive years.
JC is a Facilitator and Assessor with CATHS SETA and SAS SETA that include Conservation Guardianship and Conservation Management, combined with 32 years of Operational Experience.