Zimbabwe school

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Zimbabwe is a land locked country. About 20% of the country consists of lowveld below 900 meters.  Zimbabwe lies north of the Tropic of Capricorn, and is predominantly savanna (tropical grassland) but to the East it holds tropical evergreen and hardwood forests. Zimbabwe has 694 species of birds, 25 of which are raptors and can be used as falconry hawks.

History of the School

Our school emblem is a Lanner Falcon. The school was originally a gold mine, which opened in 1954. There were originally only 36 boys in the school and there are now just under 400.

History of the Falconry Club

Peter Steyn, a well know ornithologist, started the falconry club during his ten years stay as he conducted his research in the area around the college (1961-1970). This led to his publication of his books Eagle Days and ultimately the standard work Birds of Prey of Southern Africa. In 1983, the world-renowned Ron Hartley arrived at the College and reopened the falconry club 13 years after Peter Steyn had left.

The Falconry Club Today

Our current falconry master was part of the club in 1983-1985 as a school boy. He was the first school boy to obtain his B grade. School boys must be part of the club for two years before they can take up a bird. Our falconry master currently flies two female Peregrine Falcons and one Lanner Falcon. Our Headmaster is also a falconer and flies a female Black Sparrow hawk and a Tiercel Peregrine Falcon. He has also got two breeding pairs of Peregrines.

Click HERE to view our presentation where there are many images of our Falconry Club.