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The Black Mambas

Formed by a group of local black women from communities surrounding the Kruger National Park, the Black Mambas are South Africa’s first and only all-female anti-poaching unit, attempting to rescue their country’s threatened rhino population from the edge of extinction. With military training, yet unarmed, these women have reduced rhino poaching significantly in their area, but they know they may have won only a small, short-term battle in a much larger war. Their mission now is to take their work well beyond the reserve, to the schools and communities across South Africa, to empower and employ other women, educate children, and uplift underprivileged communities. Only then will they bring about lasting and sustainable change to their country.

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