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The All-Female Patrol Stopping South AfricaâEUR(TM)s Rhino Poachers

Animals  (tags: Champions of the Earth prize, Black Mamba Rangers, poaching, endangered rhinos, female heroes )

- 867 days ago -
Thousands of snares to catch animals for bushmeat have been removed, 10 poacher camps destroyed, three bushmeat kitchens put out of action and six poachers arrested.

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Beryl Ludwig (80)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 6:58 am
WTG ladies!! awesome ... tough women doing what is right!
Thank you Nancy

Donna T (0)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 7:07 am
thank you

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 7:28 am
KUDOS for these Ladies; Thanks for sharing Nancy!

Ben O (142)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 7:44 am
Right on...whatever it takes!

JL A (281)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 8:00 am
Some impressive results! I wonder if one factor is absence of corruption...thanks for letting us all know Nancy

Sandra Penna (135)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 8:48 am
thank you, Nancy.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 10:39 am
These women ROCK! They deserve so many accolades. thx Nancy

Animae C (516)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 12:09 pm
The Black Mambas are awesome!

Thanx Nancy

Lisa N (208)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 12:54 pm
Go ladies!!!

cynthia l (207)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 7:08 pm
Way to Go Black Mambas you are awesome and very impressive.

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 7:43 pm
Absolutely amazing to know that these fearless women, courageous in every sense, are out in the bush removing snares and poachers and doing so without guns! I am in awe! The Black Mambas earnings as one shared to pay for her son's school fees, buy groceries which really demonstrates the "hand up out of poverty' that this program initiates, which makes it a win=win. A win for the animals who are protected from snares and likewise from poachers.
" The 26 Mambas, all from disadvantaged communities on the border of the park, have been given six weeks of paramilitary training and wildlife education and work alongside 29 armed guards and an intelligence team that seeks to stop the poachers before they can kill.

“When I go to work in the morning, I wonder if I [am] going to come back, because there are poachers in the bush and dangerous animals,” Mogakane says. “But, we are used to it, because we’re trained.”
... i checked myself as I was reading this article ... would, could I do the same? I answered quickly YES !
My Buddy this article really lifted me up tonight ... thank you so much for caring 2share The Black Mambas with us !
" It is hoped the Mambas can bridge this gap by showing that local black people from disadvantaged communities can get jobs and education in the reserves too. Being role models for “social upliftment”, and educating the local community is how the war on poaching will be won – not with guns and bullets, they say.

Mogakane supports 10 family members with her salary, which enables her to buy groceries and pay for school fees for her two young boys. “If I weren’t doing this, I would be sitting at home without a job because jobs are scarce in South Africa. So this is a big opportunity for me because I am able to take care of my family.”

The Mambas have also started an outreach programme called Bush Babies with 10 local schools. “Before we started it people were not aware,” Sithole says. “But now we teach the kids and they go back home and send the messages to their parents. They might know now that if they continue to do this we might end up without any rhino.”

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 8:28 pm
They are wonderful more power to them

Raleighaway k (357)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 9:38 pm

Veronica B (32)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 9:50 pm
Amazing Black Mambas!!!

Suzanne L (99)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 10:03 pm
Great post Nancy. I've read about them before. They are amazing in every way. How about someone make a movie about them?

Leslene Dunn (84)
Sunday March 6, 2016, 11:24 pm
If I didn't have family or animals, I WOULD HAVE JOINED THEM!!! My respect to this amazing team of HEROES!

Bernadette Porter (173)
Monday March 7, 2016, 2:05 am
Thanks for sharing, Nancy! These women are incredible!!

Jim Ven (0)
Monday March 7, 2016, 2:57 am
thanks for the article.

Sylvie A (194)
Monday March 7, 2016, 3:27 am
Thank you for sharing.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Monday March 7, 2016, 7:13 am

Stella G (403)
Monday March 7, 2016, 7:41 am
Queste donne sono veramente incredibili, sanno fare le cose giuste tanto quanto gli uomini. Grazie Nancy per questa notizia.

Lona G (77)
Monday March 7, 2016, 11:16 am
Wonderful program. Kudos to the Black Mambas.

federico b (44)
Monday March 7, 2016, 12:36 pm

Mitchell D (88)
Monday March 7, 2016, 5:41 pm
This is nothing short of great!

LaurenBackSoon Kozen (173)
Monday March 7, 2016, 6:14 pm
Amazing Women!
Noted & Shared. Thanks Nancy!

Sheila S (50)
Saturday April 9, 2016, 6:44 pm
These women truly exemplify courage! "But it’s their success in reducing rhino deaths and breaking down the barriers between poor communities and elite wildlife reserves that is their most powerful weapon in the war on poaching, and has seen them pick up their second international conservation award this week."
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