THE BLACK MAMBA ANTI-POACHING UNIT


The Black Mambas APU was founded in 2013 by Transfrontier Africa.  The unit was created to protect the Olifants West Region of the Balule Nature Reserve.  This  initial section has subsequently been expanded to include the entire Balule region.  The area  is sizeable, incorporating approximately four hundred square kilometres. 


The majority of the members of the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching Unit are women.  This is of course an unusual phenomena and they have received worldwide notoriety.  Currently  there are twenty-six deployed Black Mambas and twenty-three armed guards that operate in Balule and on its borders.

Balule is populated with Rhino,  and is therefore under constant threat  from  poachers. The threat from the bush-meat poachers is constant. Bush meat poachers target antelope but sadly endangered species such as wild dogs and cheetah are also often victims of their cruel  snaring methods.  The Black Mambas search for and destroy the poacher’s camps, wire-snares and bushmeat kitchens on a daily basis. 

Since their inception the Black Mambas have identified and destroyed more than ten poachers’ camps and three bush meat kitchens within the “buffer-zone” area.  They have also reduced snaring and poisoning activities by an incredible 76% within their area of operation. Importantly, they have been responsible for the early detection of poaching insurgents during their daily patrols which have allowed their armed units to thwart Rhino  poaching attempts.
The Black Mambas believe that with additional aerial support, specialist dogs, early detection and rapid response they would be in a far better position to fight the poachers on a larger scale.  
The Black Mamba Rangers salaries are subsidised by SANParks . There are many other additional costs involved with the continued day to day running and ultimate success of this anti-poaching unit. Black Mambas APU rely on public donations.
 
Rhinos in Africa Foundation and Blackbean Productions visited the Black Mambas in 2015 and spent three days filming them whilst they carried out their  daily duties. The images this documentary will raise ongoing awareness for the Black Mambas.  The growing awareness will result in funding and recognition for these incredible women and the very necessary work that  they are carrying out to protect our vulnerable wildlife.   

 

Megan Carr and Black Mamba Rangers

Whilst the main objective of the Black Mambas is the protection of endangered wildlife  they have also  created  strong relationships with members of the local surrounding communities.  Education and involvement of the local communities of Balule and the Greater Kruger Park  to the benefits of saving their natural heritage is vital. They believe that  the war on poaching will not be won with guns and bullets, but through the involvement local communities. 

Please visit the Black Mambas website and consider the various options of donation to this incredible organisation that is making a difference every single day in so many different positive ways.  http://blackmambas.org