The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit in South Africa was created in 2013. The anti-poaching team is made up of highly trained women. Currently, 26 are deployed in Balule, South Africa, protecting elephants and rhinos. They have been immensely successful. Their website states:
“The Black Mambas have identified and destroyed over 12 poachers’ camps and 3 bush meat kitchens within the “buffer-zone” as well as reduced snaring and poisoning activities by 76% within our area of operation since their deployment”
Nineteen elephants were victims of poaching in South Africa in 2015. Hopefully, with fearless and determined women like the Black Mambas, this number will decrease.
Video: PBS Newshour