Meet The Black Mambas, South Africa's Majority-Female Anti-Poaching Unit

Last Modified: Wed Nov 18 2015 08:03:19 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • 24
    women are proud members of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit, stationed on and around the Balule Nature Reserve in South Africa, located near the Kruger Reserve, home to the critically endangered rhinos.
  • 21
    days a month, time spent by these brave unarmed women, patrolling the reserve, teaching locals about wilderness preservation, and keeping an eye out for poaching activities, specically snares that trap animals when they step into it and tighten as they attempt to move away.
  • 2013
    year of inception of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit. Conditions have radically improved for endangered rhinos throughout the area ever since.
  • 75 %
    reduction in the number of snaring and illegal bush-meat incidents since 2013.
  • 9
    poacher incursions were detected and the offenders were subsequently arrested.
  • 0
    Most impressively, according to the United Nations, not a single rhino has been poached in ten months, while other reserves have lost around two dozen.
  • 2015
    Champion of the Earth Award awarded by by the United Nations for the Mambas efforts.