BLACK MAMBAS ANTI-POACHING RANGERS
THE IMPORTANCE OF ANTI POACHING WILDLIFE RANGERS
Our fund aims at protecting elephants and wildlife in South-Africa. We can not protect elephants and rhinos without the support of rangers. Wildlife rangers are vital to win the war against wildlife crime as Poaching Wildlife Trade is in the top 3 crimes globally along with human trafficking and drugs.
Despite a ban on the international trade in ivory, African elephants are still being poached in large numbers. The WWF estimate that around 20,000 African elephants are being killed each year for their ivory – that’s an average of 55 a day.
WOMEN IN CONSERVATION IN AFRICA
In Africa, women bring a different value system into the conservation arena. As the primary care-givers in their communities, they assure a multi-generational impact. Women equipped with this conservation knowledge and strong skills, will raise a totally different generation of people as they share this knowledge with their children and communities.
The Black Mambas is an all-female anti-poaching unit (APU) dedicated to protecting wildlife in South-Africa. They were 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 62,000ha Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger Area in South Africa.
SUPPORTING ANTI-POACHING AND WOMEN
As we believe we can not protect elephants and rhinos without the support of rangers and as we want to support women empowerment in Africa, we support the Black Mambas project.
Their teams work to the concept of the “Broken Window” philosophy, striving to make their 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.
COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
The objectives of the Black Mambas project are not only the protection of wildlife through boots on the ground but also through being a role model in their communities. These 23 young rangers and 7 Environmental Monitors want their communities to understand that the benefits are greater through wildlife conservation rather than poaching, addressing the social and moral decay that is a product of the rhino poaching within their communities. Therefore they also work together with the Bush Babies environmental school program.
They also operate in the surrounding areas where HERD and the Jabulani Elephants are located. Early detection and rapid response is very important to prevent poachers of doing harm to elephants and wildlife. Anti-poaching units are the first line of defence providing boots on the ground and are responsible for the early detection of poaching insurgents through monitoring and surveillance during their daily patrols.
THE BLACK MAMBAS FUNDRAISER
We have several fundraisers running. One of them is the Black Mambas fundraiser. You can donate to this fundraiser by clicking the button below.