The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit is the first majority female anti-poaching unit in South Africa. Founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa NPC, to protect the Olifants West Region of Balule Nature Reserve. Within the first year of operation the Black Mambas were invited to expand into other regions and now protect all boundaries of the 52,000ha Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park.
Our teams work to the concept of the “Broken Window” philosophy, striving to make our area of influence the most undesirable, most difficult and least profitable place to poach any species. With a passion for wildlife and rhino conservation, these women are the voice in the community through their conservation work.
The objectives of the Black Mamba project are not only the protection of rhinos through boots on the ground but also through being a role model in their communities. These 32 young women and 2 men want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through rhino conservation rather than poaching, addressing the social and moral decay that is a product of the rhino poaching within their communities. They are concerned for their children’s sake as the false economy has brought loose morals and narcotics into their communities.
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Whilst our Rangers salaries are subsidised by the Extended Public Works Programme (EPWP) through the Environmental Monitor Program, the Black Mamba APU are responsible for all other costs such as training, uniforms, equipment, Food, Vehicles, fuel and other daily operational expenses.
Any and all donations are welcome!