UNEP has recently recognized the rapid and impressive impact that the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit has made in combatting poaching and the courage required to accomplish it.
Since being founded in 2013, the 26-member unit, mostly comprised of females, has helped arrest six poachers, reduced snaring by 76 per cent, removed over 1,000 snares and put 5 poachers’ camps and 2 bush meat kitchens out of action.
The area that they protect, the Balule Private Game Reserve, is home to an abundance of wildlife – including not only rhino but leopards, lions, elephants, cheetahs and hippos. It is part of the Greater Kruger National Park, a network of over 2 million hectares of protected areas that is home to thousands of birds, impalas, giraffes, wildebeest, buffalos, antelopes, hyenas, crocodiles, zebras and fish.
Their difficult, intense and dangerous work both within and outside the park fundamentally undermines the international poaching syndicates that threaten to wipe out populations of rhino and elephant in the wild.
The courage and determination of the Black Mambas is an example of dedication to preserve our natural heritage. Thanks you!