- The country's first female anti-poaching unit, the Black Mambas, has received an award
- The award honoured their good work in tourism and preserving wildlife
- The unit is the first all-female anti-poaching unit in the world
South Africa's all female anti-poaching unit, the Black Mambas, have won an incredible award at the African Resilience Summit. The award was presented at the World Tourism Conference in Johannesburg recently.
The team of brave heroines were awarded the Resilience Through Cultural Diversity Award and the founder, Craig Spencer, won the Change Maker in Tourism Award, proving that work that the work they do is very important.
The Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit was created in 2013 to eliminate the illegal trade of South African wildlife, and the unit has become well-known for being the first all-female anti-poaching unit in the world.
The teams operate within Balule Nature Reserve, part of the Greater Kruger National Park. They strive to make the reserve the most undesirable, most difficult and least profitable place to poach any species.
The courageous women of the Black Mambas come from disadvantaged communities and are breaking strong patriarchal traditions. According to GoodThingsGuy.com, one of the women was quoted as saying:
“They say the job that we are doing is for men, but nowadays things are equal. They treat us equally… we are the first ladies to become the Black Mambas, to become a ranger!”
Whilst their main objective is the security of the reserve and the protection of wildlife, they also strive to create a strong bond and educate the communities that live on the boundaries of Balule and the Greater Kruger Park to create a proud, sympathetic and patriotic community with pro-environmental beliefs.
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